New Hampshire Fisher Cats Flying High in Attendance Numbers
While many are complaining about Vladimir Guerrero Jr. being kept in the minor leagues, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats surely don’t mind it one bit.
If anyone ever has the chance to visit Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, I strongly recommend it. It’s a lovely ballpark with an enthusiastic core group of fans, and seeing a ballgame there is a fun experience overall. It seems that others share my love for the Fisher Cats this season.
According to the official MiLB website, the Fisher Cats are fourth in the Eastern League in average attendance with an average of 4,582 fans per game. They trail the Richmond Flying Squirrels, who average 5,687 per game, the Hartford Yard Goats, who average 5,235 per game, and the Portland Sea Dogs, who average 5,068 per game.
What is even more impressive is the relative population of the cities mentioned above. Richmond, Virginia has a metropolitan area population of 1,260,029, Hartford, Connecticut has a metro population of 1,214,295 and Portland, Maine has a metro population of 519,900. Manchester, New Hampshire, the hometown of the Fisher Cats, has a metro population of 406,678.
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Even more fascinating is that Northeast Delta Dental Stadium (capacity: 6,500) is seventh in the Eastern League in maximum capacity. In short, the Fisher Cats are a small town team that is attracting big-time crowds, and that’s good to see.
It’s not difficult to figure out why they’re putting up such crooked attendance numbers. As a team, the Fisher Cats lead the league in batting average, runs scored, on-base percentage, total bases, hits, doubles, triples and slugging percentage. They also sit second in the league in stolen bases and fourth in strikeouts, good enough for a 33-19 record, which puts them atop the league standings.
Knowing the Fisher Cats will likely lose a chunk of that attendance upon the promotion of Vladimir Guerrero Jr., it’s nice to see that they’re drawing big crowds, and making new Blue Jays fans out of residents of Manchester.
Regardless of what the future holds for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, it’s undeniably a positive that they’re drawing huge crowds. Here’s hoping that they continue to do so, even after they inevitably lose their star player.
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