Sunday, August 23, 2009

Seals Draw Over 10,000 Fans on Final Weekend

The Victoria Seals drew 10,045 fans in their final three home games of 2009 this weekend, capping off a fabulously successful season. The team drew an amazing 93,691 fans in their 40 home games. The Seals will likely finish the season in second place in league attendance, which is exceptional for an expansion team. Victoria will definitely be back in the Golden Baseball League next season. The fact that an expansion team sitting in last place draws its largest crowd on the final day of the season says it all. Victoria has fallen in love with the Seals.

It is likely that the city of Kamloops will be granted a GBL expansion franchise in October, possibly setting up a four-team Canadian division. On Saturday night, team President Darren Parker also announced to the fans in a pre-game speech that both manager Darrell Evans and coach Dan DiPace will be returning with the club in 2010.

The crowd of 3,633 fans on Saturday night. In Sunday's home finale, 4,228 Victorian baseball fans came out to enjoy Seals baseball for the final time in 2009.