Hawks Surpass 2011 Attendance

July 10, 2012 7:46 AM ET

The over 3,400 people going through the turnstiles at Coveleski Stadium Monday night enabled the South Bend Silver Hawks to accomplish an attendance milestone.

The Silver Hawks, through only 47 home dates, have already surpassed the entire 2011 attendance total.

The announced crowd of 3,474 at the Cove Monday night moved the season attendance total to 115,137.

The attendance has been improved due to a variety of reasons. New owner Andrew T. Berlin and the City of South Bend have helped make the 26 year old facility more family friendly by adding a new splash pad, playground, inflatable kid's area, new team store, outdoor suites and a new brick facade. These new additions have made the ballpark more than just baseball, it's now a destination.

The Silver Hawks have also made a commitment to upgrading the food selection by featuring all-beef hot dogs, pork tenderloins, Chicago-style deep-dish pizza and even duck sausage.

The Cove also features some of the greatest promotions in Minor League baseball. Flatscreens and Fireworks Fridays has been a huge fan favorite as the Hawks give away nine 32' HD TV's every Friday home game followed by a fireworks show.

The product on the field is also something to celebrate as the Silver Hawks recently swept the Fort Wayne Tin Caps for a share of first place in the Midwest League. It's South Bend's third straight win making them the hottest team in the 16 club league.

On behalf of owner Andrew Berlin, President Joe Hart and the Silver Hawks staff we would like to thank the terrific fanbase in South Bend and all the surrounding communities for allowing us to be a part of your summer.

With a new era of leadership the Silver Hawks are committed to bringing you the best and most affordable entertainment for you and your family.

"I went to my first Silver Hawks game with my boyfriend for our two-year anniversary. I have to say it was no mistake spending such a special day at The Cove! It was nothing like I expected. I felt comfortable and apart of the game. It is such a friendly environment. We even went back three days later to catch the fireworks. It was a great show. Thank you for what you guys have done to make The Cove such an amazing place for hanging out and entertainment! You really mean it when you say, "Where Everyone Comes to Play!" -Ashley Garman

"We had a great time tonight! The new splash pad is awesome & the fireworks were amazing! Thanks for a great time!" - Sarah Brittin

"Went to see the South Bend Silver Hawks last night. You got to go if you haven't been. It is a good time for the entire family." - David Murrell

"My family and I loved the day we spent today at the Cove together. My son and I always love the chance to get on the field and play catch in the outfield and hang out with the players. The autograph line with the team on the field while the kids ran the bases was a great touch to end a great day at the Cove. Thanks South Bend Silver Hawks." - Keith A Beringer Jr.

"The Cove is the place to be when this team is in town." - Ricky Yoder

"I had a blast watching the South Bend Silver Hawks and then catching an amazing fireworks show afterwords. It's the happiest I've been in awhile." - Isaac Jusiack

"Some of the best times we've had are at the Cove watching the Silver Hawks! We love to go! Great job to the owner and staff as we will keep coming back!" - Jerry Cox

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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