Goldeyes looking to break some records this weekend
With their eyes set on a spot in the playoffs, the Winnipeg Goldeyes would just love to break one record this weekend and their fans could help them break another at the same time.
When the Goldeyes host the Calgary Vipers on Friday evening, it will mark the beginning of Winnipeg's final home series of the regular season. To date, the Goldeyes are 31-15 in the friendly confines of CanWest Global Park, and that wins total is tops in the Northern League.
Those 31 home wins are just one shy of the club record of 32 set in 1998 and matched in 2004. Winnipeg is 6-1 at home this year against Calgary, a team that has won a league-low 14 road games, and winning at least two of the three games with the Vipers would establish a new single-season franchise mark.
As the players attempt to break one record, the club is out to break its own attendance record for a three-game series and that's where the fans come in.
"Since 1994 when the Goldeyes returned to Winnipeg, and all the more when we moved downtown to the new park, it has been shown time and again that we have the best fans in all of baseball," said general manager Andrew Collier. "This weekend will allow us the opportunity to prove that once more."
The existing three-game series attendance record was established in 2003 when the Goldeyes hosted Lincoln in their final home series of the season. From August 29-31 that year, a total of 23,401 came to the ballpark, all sellouts and an average of 7,800 per night.
That year's club had already locked up a playoff spot while this year's edition could do the very same this weekend. As of Wednesday morning, more than 1,000 tickets remained for each of the three games with Calgary.
"With the opportunities of setting a franchise record for home wins, locking up a playoff spot and setting a CanWest Global Park record for attendance in a three-game series, this is an important weekend for us and our fans," said Collier. "After missing the playoffs the past two years, we are looking to them to help spur the team on and get them back to the post-season."
Great seats for all three games are still available at all Ticketmaster locations, including the ballpark box office. Any fan or company purchasing 20 or more tickets will receive a Goldeyes souvenir for every member of their group.
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