A New Record Set for the Savannah Bananas!
Raising the bar, one fan at a time.
Here's yet another point to add to your list of reasons why you're proud to be from the Savannah area (as if you needed another reason!): in their final home game of the regular season, the playoff-bound Savannah Bananas drew 4,329 fans to break the Coastal Plain League’s single-season attendance record. The 4,329 fans, a franchise record and seventeenth sell out, helped the Bananas reach 80,504 total fans for the 2016 season. The Peninsula Pilots set the record for single-season attendance when they brought in 77,171 fans during the 2014 season. The Bananas beat this number after selling out Saturday, Aug. 6’s, game. This achievement came after only 22 home games, while the Pilots hosted 35 games including playoffs and exhibitions during the 2014 season.
During their inaugural season, the Bananas have averaged 3,659 fans a game! The second-highest average game attendance is 1,961 fans per game for Peninsula. Out of 24 Bananas dates this season, the Bananas have recorded 17 sellouts, including two rainouts. Many of these dates sold out weeks in advance. The Bananas have secured their spot as the number one seed in the CPL West, earning a home playoff game for Wednesday, Aug. 10.
Celebrating its twentieth season in 2016, the CPL features 16 teams playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL has had nearly 1,300 alumni drafted and 89 of those, including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander, make their Major League debut, while another notable alum, Russell Wilson, won Super Bowl XLVIII.
The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league! Playoffs tickets are available at www.thesavannahbananas.com/playoffs and are expected to sell out in advance. Fans can also purchase tickets by calling 912-712- 2482.
For more information on the Coastal Plain League, you can visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com and follow the CPL on Twitter @CPLBaseball.
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