VISALIA, CA- The Visalia Rawhide, as announced by Minor League Baseball (MiLB) and Esurance today, were named winners of the second annual Esurance Home Field Advantage. The Rawhide have been recognized for the second straight year after claiming the award following the 2016 season.
The Esurance Home Field Advantage Award honors the communities who best supported their hometown teams this season. One Minor League Baseball team in each of the 14 leagues has been named a winner of the award, which recognizes teams with the highest percentage of attendance based on ballpark capacity during the 2017 season.
"We're thrilled to once again be honored with the Esurance Home Field Advantage Award," said Rawhide General Manager Jennifer Reynolds. "The Visalia community and the Tulare and Kings county communities at large have always shown us tremendous support, and we couldn't be more thankful for their dedication to the Rawhide and to professional baseball in Visalia. We are looking forward to welcoming everyone back for another summer of fun in 2018."
Rawhide fans came out consistently in 2017 and set a single season attendance record for the seventh time in the last eight years. 126,419 fans joined the Rawhide for games during their All-Star Summer, averaging over 1,800 fans per game. Visalia also hosted a sellout crowd of better than 2,500 for the California League All-Star Game on June 20, the first time the event had been held in Visalia for nearly 30 years. Nearly 42 million fans attended Minor League Baseball games across all 14 leagues this year.
"Throughout the 2017 season, Minor League Baseball fans came out in record numbers to support their hometown teams, demonstrating how deeply rooted our teams truly are in their respective communities," said David Wright, Chief Marketing & Commercial Officer for Minor League Baseball. "The 14 teams that are recipients of this year's Esurance Home Field Advantage Award and their fans certainly have reason to celebrate. We've had another great year of attendance in Minor League Baseball and extend a huge high-five to our fans for their continued support."
The Visalia Rawhide now are gearing up for the 2018 season, which will be their 72nd at Recreation Park in Visalia. For more information visit Rawhidebaseball.com or call 559-732-4433. You can follow the Rawhide on Twitter (@VisaliaRawhide), Facebook (TheRawhide), Instagram (@visaliarawhide) and Snap Chat (visaliarawhide).
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