Looking Back: Northwoods League First Summer Collegiate League to Draw One Million Fans in a Single Season
One Million. One million of nearly anything is significant, and in the world of summer collegiate baseball attendance it was unprecedented. At least until 2014, when the Northwoods League drew 1.1 million fans and became the first summer collegiate summer league to surpass that threshold. In fact, that season, Northwoods League attendance outdrew three of the four short-season minor league baseball leagues. Proving it was not an anomaly, the Northwoods League has surpassed one million fans in every season since.
The Midwest is a strong baseball market with a climate that aligns well with summer ball. The avid fan base is extremely supportive of the high level of collegiate baseball players coming through the League each season, and has opened its arms to expansion teams across the region. What started as a five-team league has grown to 20 teams as it enters its 25th season.
Inspired by their fervent fans, League owners continue to focus on providing a memorable entertainment experience for everyone entering the ballpark. Across the League fans can find creative food and beverage options, in-game promotions and entertainment, and unique seating and ticket options that make each game an event they won’t soon forget.
Visit our 25th Season Celebration page to read about other memorable moments previously released.