What a summer it’s been at the ballpark.
The Vancouver Canadians set another attendance record this year, attracting 239,527 people to Nat Bailey Stadium. That translates to 98.3% of capacity – the highest ever for professional baseball in Vancouver – breaking the previous record (222,363) set just last year.
The Canadians sold out their last regular season home game on Wednesday, bringing their average to 6,303 fans per game in 2017.
The C’s can thank the beautiful weather Vancouver enjoyed this July and August for boosting their numbers, but it’s more than that. Owners Jake Kerr and Jeff Mooney have done a tremendous job with the team since purchasing the franchise in 2007.
The Canadians drew just 3,260 per game in 2006, prior to Kerr and Mooney’s arrival.
Not only have the Canadians enjoyed success on the field in recent years, winning three straight championships between 2011 and 2013, they’ve made improvements to the amenities at Nat Bailey to ensure success at the box office. Securing an affiliation with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2011 has also helped strengthen the bond between fans and the organization.
The Canadians aren’t done yet this season, as they’ve qualified for the postseason (tickets are available right now). Vancouver will host Game 2 and 3 (if necessary) of the North Division best-of-three Final on Wednesday, September 6 and 7.
If the Canadians win that series, they would host Game 3, 4, and 5 (if necessary) of the best-of-five Northwest League Championship, September 10 to 12.