August 29, 2017 - New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) - Newport Gulls
NEWPORT, R.I. - Not only have Gulls players been finding themselves atop Top Prospect, All-American, and All-League lists for their performance this summer, but the Newport Gulls organization has recently found themselves towards the top of a national ranking./Ballpark Digest /has compiled attendance data from every summer collegiate baseball team in the nation and found that the Gulls average of 2,111fans per game ranked No. 11 in the country. Up from an average of 2,087 in 2016, the Gulls are sandwiched between the New England Collegiate Baseball League Champion Valley Blue Sox (2,121-10th) and the Chillicothe Paints (1,959-12th) of the Prospect League.
In 19 openings during the 2017 summer campaign, the Gulls hosted a total of 40,113 fans at Cardines Field. Unfortunately, Newport was forced to cancel four home games due to weather conditions, making up just one on Saturday, July 22nd against the Winnipesauke Muskrats. This game saw 350 fans in attendance, substantially lower than the season average.
The Gulls averaged 24 more fans per games in 2017, which resulted in a jump from 12th to 11th in the rankings. Hosting their first ever Christmas in July on July 3rd, 2017, may have had something to do with the increase as Cardines Field saw 2,876 patrons attend a beautiful Monday night ballgame where the Gulls took on the Mystic Schooners. However Christmas in July was not even the largest crowd the historic home stadium saw this summer. Mark Weed Memorial Scholarship Night on July 21st drew 2,879 fans and NAVSTA Newport Homes/Host Family Appreciation Night set the season record with 3,127 fans enjoying the last home game of 2017.
It is an honor to be included in this list each year. This is only possible through the support of an engaged and loyal fan base, in which the Gulls have. The Newport Gulls players, coaches and Board of Directors would like to extend a sincere thank you to each and every fan who attended a game this summer and look forward to an even more impressive 2018 season both on and off the field.