Published On: August 22nd, 2011

The fans that attended the 2011 Summer Collegiate World Series helped the Northwoods League top the 900,000 mark in attendance for the first time. In fact, no other Summer Collegiate Baseball League can make that claim. The 1,946 fans that were on hand for the championship series games in Mankato and Battle Creek capped off a Northwoods League season that saw 901,652 fans attend Northwoods League baseball games, a 1,692 per game average.

Eleven of the sixteen Northwoods League franchises increased their total attendance from a year ago, including five that set team attendance records.

Playing in a renovated Warner Park, the Madison Mallards set all-time highs in total attendance (213,467) and average (6,278). Those are not only franchise marks, but are also the new benchmarks for any team in Summer Collegiate Baseball history.

Coming off their championship season in 2010, the Eau Claire Express drew the most fans in their seven-year history with 70,444 seeing games at Carson Park. The 2011 Champion Battle Creek Bombers had by far their best season since joining the Northwoods League in 2007. The Bombers averaged 1,176 fans in the regular season with 36,452 through the gate this year, a 49% per game increase from 2010.

Both 2010 expansion franchises followed their magnificent inaugural seasons with an even higher total attendance in 2011. The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters welcomed 48,006 fans to Witter Field while the Willmar Stingers saw 32,730 fans pass through the gates Bill Taunton Stadium.

The St. Cloud River Bats, Waterloo Bucks, Green Bay Bullfrogs, Alexandria Beetles, Thunder Bay Border Cats and Brainerd Lakes Area Lunkers all increased their total attendance from 2010.

The Northwoods League has more teams, plays more games, and draws more fans than any Summer Collegiate Baseball League in North America.

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