The Okotoks Dawgs have hit a home run in the realm of summer collegiate baseball attendance, securing the third spot in North America, as announced by Ballpark Digest. The Dawgs' 2023 season proved to be an extraordinary success, drawing an impressive total attendance of 127,622 fans over 28 games, with an average attendance of 4,558 per game during the regular season. On top of a new franchise & WCBL league record for average attendance during the regular season, the Dawgs smashed previous franchise & league records for playoff game attendance during their 2023 championship season, totalling 21,849 fans in 4 games for an average of 5,462 per game.
Ballpark Digest, the leading publication covering the business of baseball, recently released its annual rankings, highlighting the remarkable achievement of the Okotoks Dawgs, a franchise well-known for its dedication to providing fans with thrilling baseball action and memorable experiences.
The Dawgs' Founder and Managing Director, John Ircandia, expressed his gratitude to the fans, community, and everyone involved in the organization for making this achievement possible. He noted,
"This is a testament to the unwavering support of our fans and the hard work of our dedicated staff. We are thrilled to be recognized as one of the top summer collegiate baseball teams in North America."
The Okotoks Dawgs' strong attendance numbers can be attributed to several factors, including a fantastic season on the field, exciting promotions, and a beautiful ballpark, Seaman Stadium, which has a capacity of approximately 6,000 spectators. The team's commitment to providing affordable, family-friendly entertainment also played a significant role in attracting fans.
The Dawgs' on-field performance was nothing short of spectacular. Their thrilling games and talented roster created a buzz throughout the community and beyond, drawing fans from across Alberta and even neighbouring provinces. With championship aspirations in mind, the team's players put on a show night after night, solidifying the Dawgs' reputation as a must-see summer attraction.
This achievement not only reflects the Dawgs' popularity but also showcases the growing enthusiasm for collegiate summer baseball in North America. The fans' loyalty and passion for the sport are evident, and the Dawgs' success serves as a reminder of the significant role baseball plays in bringing communities together during the summer months.
With the Dawgs capturing their 7th WCBL Championship in 2023, they are already setting their sights on an even more successful 2024 campaign. With the unwavering support of their dedicated fans and a commitment to providing top-tier baseball entertainment, the Dawgs aim to continue climbing the ranks and maintaining their status as one of the premier summer collegiate baseball franchises in North America.
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