Sea Dogs Welcome 8 Millionth Fan

Jane Charron from Falmouth is the 8 Millionth Fan

Sea Dogs General Manager Geoff Iacuessa greets Jane Charron as the 8 Millionth Fan.

By Portland Sea Dogs | May 28, 2014 5:25 PM ET

Portland, Maine- The Portland Sea Dogs, Double-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, welcomed the 8 millionth fan in franchise history Wednesday night as the Sea Dogs hosted the New Britain Rock Cats at 5:00 PM. Jane Charron from Falmouth, Maine was the lucky fan, who was attending the game with her family.

Charron was greeted at the turnstile by Sea Dogs' General Manager Geoff Iacuessa and Sea Dogs President at 4:45 PM. Charron received a Sea Dogs prize package including a pair of Sea Dogs season tickets for the next eight years, eight rounds of golf at Nonesuch River, eight $25.00 gift cards to Salvage BBQ, eight $25.00 gift cards to Hannaford, a #8 Sea Dogs jersey, and will get to throw out the ceremonial first-pitch a future Sea Dogs game.

The 2014 season is the 21st season of play for the Sea Dogs. In the team's first season in 1994, the Sea Dogs established a new Eastern League record in attendance as 375,197 fans made their way to Hadlock Field. Since that time the Sea Dogs have consistently drawn around 400,000 fans annually and rank among the attendance leaders in Double-A baseball.  

Last season the Sea Dogs ranked fifth in attendance in the 12 team Eastern League, ninth out of the 30 Double-A teams, and 41st out of the 176 Minor League Baseball teams.  

Attending a Sea Dogs game remains an affordable outing for families, with tickets ranging in price between $5 and $10.

Besides enjoying a fun and affordable atmosphere, fans have been fortunate to see many of today's Boston Red Sox stars develop including Xander Bogaerts, Clay Buchholz, Jon Lester, Will Middlebrooks, Dustin Pedroia, and others. Additionally, fans have experienced the thrill of watching several Red Sox players rehab in Portland including John Lackey, David Ortiz, David Ross and others.

Tickets are available for all 2014 Sea Dogs' home games. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Sea Dogs Ticket Office at 207-879-9500 or order online at www.seadogs.com. 

Portland Sea Dogs Regular Season Attendance History

Year

Openings

Total

Average

Sellouts

1994

69

375,197

5,437

47

1995

70

429,763

6,139

48

1996

68

408,503

6,007

46

1997

69

397,117

5,755

30

1998

67

398,800

5,952

23

1999

71

402,582

5,670

18

2000

67

370,702

5,533

12

2001

66

383,022

5,803

23

2002

67

382,738

5,713

12

2003

65

405,021

6,231

36

2004

70

434,684

6,210

15

2005

63

396,277

6,290

28

2006

63

400,534

6,358

20

2007

65

421,368

6,483

24

2008

66

412,403

6,249

27

2009

66

404,709

6,132

16

2010

67

390,772

5,832

10

2011

67

369,424

5,514

6

2012

69

374,930

5,434

5

2013

67

341,420

5,096

6

2014*

23

99,863

4,341

1

Totals

1365

7,999,839

5,860

453

*Attendance totals through May 27th
Attendance totals do not include the 2000 exhibition game against the Florida Marlins, the 2005 Eastern League All-Star Game, or any playoff games.

Notable Attendance Achievements:
September 2, 1994:   Sea Dogs establish a new all-time Eastern League attendance record as 375,197 fans come out to Hadlock Field.


June 29, 1996: The Sea Dogs welcome the One Millionth Fan in franchise history.
September 6, 1998: The Two Millionth Fan in franchise history is welcomed to Hadlock Field.
July 25, 2001: The Sea Dogs 3 Millionth Fan in franchise history is welcomed to Hadlock Field.
April 30, 2004: The Sea Dogs welcome the 4 Millionth Fan in franchise history.
September 2004: The Sea Dogs break their all-time franchise attendance record as 434,684 fans come to Hadlock in 2004, surpassing the previous record of 429,763 set in 1995.
July 3, 2006: The 5 Millionth Fan in franchise history is welcomed to Hadlock Field
September 2007: Sea Dogs average a franchise record 6,483 fans per game.
August 28, 2008: Rene Sirois becomes the 6 Millionth Fan in franchise history.
July 1, 2011: Belinda Morel enters the ballpark as the 7 Millionth Fan.

May 28, 2014- Jane Charron is welcomed as the 8 Millionth Fan.

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

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