CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Clearwater Threshers have set a new single-season club attendance record of 200,201 over 67 home openings at Spectrum Field in the 2017 season. The new mark breaks the previous record of 195,063, set in 2014 over 70 openings.
The record is also the second-highest single-season total all-time for a Florida State League team, passing the 2014 mark set by the Threshers. The St. Petersburg Cardinals hold the FSL attendance record with 202,383 in 1989 at Al Lang Stadium.
The Threshers' 2017 average attendance of 2,988 is also the highest in team history, surpassing the 2014 average of 2,787 per game.
"The Threshers are very proud to have set a new all-time attendance record," said Clearwater Threshers GM John Timberlake. "Although we fell just a bit short of the all-time Florida State League record, it is nonetheless a worthy accomplishment. It continues to be a testimony to not only the planning efforts and diligence of the Clearwater staff, but also to the support of our fans and partners throughout the greater Clearwater area. We have some of the greatest minor league baseball fans in the country. Their support and that of the entire Clearwater community made this possible and we owe them a great deal of thanks."
Celebrating 33 seasons as the Philadelphia Phillies' Class A-Advanced affiliate, the Threshers have been playing their home games at Spectrum Field since the 2004 opening of the ballpark, previously known as Bright House Field. The team was known as the Clearwater Phillies from 1985-2003, residing at Jack Russell Memorial Stadium in Clearwater. The Philadelphia Phillies also make Spectrum Field and the adjacent Carpenter Complex their Spring Training home.