Wih a crowd of 3,276 on Monday night, the Columbia Fireflies broke their single-season attendance record of 261,276 fans – set during the team’s inaugural season in 2016.
Columbia has drawn 261,691 fans with only 53 home games played (four rain outs to date). In 2016, the Fireflies played 69 of 70 home games with one date rained out.
“The atmosphere at Spirit Communications Park this season has been absolutely electric,” Fireflies president John Katz said. “We have seen some of the best crowds in this ballpark’s history, and it’s a testament to the passionate Fireflies fans across the Midlands. We have the greatest fans in the South Atlantic League, and we’re truly privileged to share this park with everyone who attends a ballgame.”
Columbia is averaging 4,938 fans per game thus far in 2017, up from an average of 3,785 fans per game in 2016. The 4,938 fans per game puts Columbia in the top three in average attendance in the South Atlantic League. The Fireflies’ first half attendance was helped by Tm Tebow’s arrival with the club before he was promoted to St. Lucie in June.
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There have been 23 crowds this season of 5,000 or more, 14 of 6,000 or more and seven of 7,000 or more. The Fireflies have also sold out six games thus far in 2017.