DAYTON — The Dayton Dragons made history this season, selling out over 1,300 consecutive games, led their class in attendance and eclipsed 11 million fans all-time at Fifth-Third Field.
The Dragons' streak of 1,316 consecutive sellouts, which began in 2000, is the longest in professional sports history, according to a press release.
With a total of 550,725 fans, the Dragons led Class-A attendance, while the Triple-A Charlotte Knights led all teams in total attendance (619,639). The Frisco RoughRiders (468,259) led the Double-A level and the Vancouver Canadians (239,086) topped the Short Season and Rookie level leagues.
A total of 40,450,337 fans passed through the gates at Minor League Baseball games this year, marking the 14th consecutive season that Minor League Baseball's 176 teams in 15 leagues drew more than 40 million fans, according to the release.
“Minor League Baseball continues to be the best entertainment value in sports, and these numbers support that," Minor League president & CEO said Pat O'Conner said. "For us to top 40 million fans for the 14th consecutive season, despite the weather challenges our teams faced in April and May, is a testament to the continued support of our loyal fan bases and the creative promotions and hard work done by all of our teams across the country."
Since 2000, Minor League Baseball teams have opened 65 new ballparks, with new stadiums scheduled to open in Amarillo, Texas, Fayetteville, North Carolina and Las Vegas in 2019.