Thursday Attendance, Promotions Tracker

I read one of those cute blog posts this morning highlighting all of the pop-culture reasons why you're old, including the fact that the cast of the television show "Boy Meets World" are now all in their early 30s. Does it make me even older if I never heard of "Boy Meets World?"

Apparently, plenty of people in Fresno are familiar with the hit '90s show, as nearly 7,000 fans came out to Chukchansi Park last night for this promotion: Mad Tight 90s Night Meets World, featuring Ben "Cory Matthews" Savage appearance from Boy Meets World.

The biggest draw of the night came in Indianapolis, as the Indians filled Victory Field with 12,565 fans on Education Day and Thursday Value Pack Night—which, for a $15 ticket, included a hot dog, unlimited soda and choice of souvenir item.

Fortunately, my kids don't read this blog and thus won't know that two teams offered Silly Bandz giveaways last night. Otherwise, there would be plenty of clamoring for a road trip to Peoria and Syracuse.

As Always, Thirsty Thursday was the promotion du jour, as 33 of the scheduled 60 games last night offered some variety of the promotion. Two of those games were rained out, leaving 31 Thirsty Thursday games that drew a total of 95,686 fans (or a 3,086 per-game average). 

Again, factors other than promotions do impact attendance, like weather (which has been a challenge for many teams this season) and Josh Hamilton minor league starts (Frisco drew 10,998 as the AL MVP made his second rehab start last night).

Below is a list of the scheduled promotions and attendance figures from last night's games.

INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE
Home Team Opponent Promotion Attendance Season Average
Indianapolis Buffalo Education Day/Value Pack (ticket/concession/souvenir) 12,565 5,750
Scranton/WB Lehigh Valley None PPD 3,228
Columbus Pawtucket Quencher Corner (Discounts in Pavillion) PPD 6,149
Syracuse Norfolk Education Day/Silly Bandz Giveaway 2,642 3,846
Durham Louisville Dollar Night (hot dogs, peanuts, popcorn) 6,137 5,485
Gwinnett Rochester $3 Thursday (concessions)/City Suwanee Appreciation) 3,571 4,388
Charlotte Toledo Retro 80s Night/Thirsty Thursday 3,665 3,436
         
PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE
Home Team Opponent Promotion Attendance Season Average
Omaha Las Vegas Thirsty Thursday/Postgame Band PPD 4,550
Iowa Tucson Hat Giveaway/Mug Club (1st beer free/discounts for members) 5,088 5,272
Round Rock Colorado Springs Thirsty Thursday 8,025 8,021
Salt Lake Nashville Thirsty Thursday 3,003 3,918
Albuquerque Reno None 7,373 6,680
Tacoma Memphis Tasty Thursday ($1 hot dogs, ice cream, coffee) 5,583 4,287
Fresno New Orleans Mad Tight 90s Night Meets World, featuring appearance by Ben Savage of Boy Meets World tv show) 6,862 6,665
Sacramento Oklahoma City Thirsty Thursdays/Bob Marley Tribute 5,977 7,055
         
EASTERN LEAGUE
 
Home Team Opponent Promotion Attendance Season Average
Akron Altoona Education Day 6,056 2,641
New Hampshire Binghamton Education Day 6,862 4,034
Erie Trenton School Days 4,698 2,091
Portland Reading None PPD 4,081
Harrisburg New Britain Hit The Books Redemption Day/Thirsty Thursday PPD 3,044
Richmond Bowie Fireworks 5,236 5,839
         
SOUTHERN LEAGUE
Home Team Opponent Promotion Attendance Season Average
Jacksonville Birmingham JTA Night and Thursday Throwdown(national transportation week/$1 Buds) 6,788 5,288
Tennessee Mobile Coupon Swap Night/Pilot Prize Night (free lottery ticket)/Knox County Night 2,156 3,806
Huntsville Montgomery Thirst-Aid Thursday/Postgame Party 1,591 1,921
Jackson Mississippi Thrifty Thursday/Shriners Club/Dress Like A Pirate Night 1,249 1,978
         
TEXAS LEAGUE
Home Team Opponent Promotion Attendance Season Average
Frisco Midland Fireworks 10,988 7,781
Tulsa NW Arkansas Thirsty Thursday/Country Night 4,011 5,417
Corpus Christi San Antonio Thirsty Thursday/Word of the Day 4,751 5,290
Arkansas Springfield Pint Night/Family Night ($3 tickets) 4,524 4,825
         
CALIFORNIA LEAGUE
 
Home Team Opponent Promotion Attendance Season Average
Lancaster High Desert Cheers Buck Beers Thursdays 1,597 1,843
Lake Elsinore Inland Empire Thirsty Thursday/Mustache Night/First Responders, Military Appreciation Night 3,399 3,363
Modesto San Jose Thirsty Thursday 2,424 2,541
Rancho Cuca Visalia Thirsty Thursday/Fiesta Night 1,376 2,096
Bakersfield Stockton Tailgate Thursday (2-for-1 drinks) 312 627
         
CAROLINA LEAGUE
Home Team Opponent Promotion Attendance Season Average
Frederick Potomac History Day 3,387 3,663
Kinston Lynchburg Thirsty Thursday 1,344 1,597
Winston-Salem Myrtle Beach Thirsty Thursday 4,283 3,972
Salem Wilmington Thirsty Thursday/Cornhole Tournament/Trivia Thursday 2,616 2,877
         
FLORIDA STATE LEAGUE
Home Team Opponent Promotion Attendance Season Average
Palm Beach Daytona Education Day/Thirsty Thursdays 1,981 977
Tampa St. Lucie School Day 5,891 1,899
Clearwater Charlotte None 1,793 2,687
Bradenton Dunedin Pirates of the Caribbean Night (Jack Sparrow Look-a-like)/Thirsty Thursdays 926 1,203
Lakeland Jupiter Lakeland Chamber Mixer/Thirsty Thursday 497 1,148
Fort Myers Brevard County Thirsty Thursday 1,417 1,797
         
MIDWEST LEAGUE
Home Team Opponent Promotion Attendance Season Average
Dayton Great Lakes Friends and Family Night (ticket, food, souvenir package) 8,135 8,135
Bowling Green West Michigan Pink in the Park/Reading Program/Thrifty Thursday ($2 concessions) 3,736 3,066
Wisconsin Beloit Thirsty Thursday 3,439 2,500
Lake County Fort Wayne Thirsty Thursday/Date Night (2 club tickets, entrees, drinks, ice cream for $25) 1,773 2,220
Peoria Quad Cities Education Day/Silly Bandz Giveaway 4,380 2,170
Cedar Rapids Kane County Noon Game/Thirsty Thursday 2,124 1,420
South Bend Lansing Thirsty Thursday/PHP, College ID Night (discounted tickets)/Pregame Concert 1,424 1,062
Burlington Clinton Community Basket Day/Thirsty Thursday 2,068 877
         
SOUTH ATLANTIC LEAGUE
Home Team Opponent Promotion Attendance Season Average
Lexington West Virginia Thirsty Thursday 4,771 4,542
Charleston Savannah Thirsty Thursday/Military Appreciation Night 5,956 3,736
Augusta Greenville Thirsty Thursday 3,943 2,929
Delmarva Lakewood Field of Dreams 2 (Education Day) 4,177 2,486
Hagerstown Kannapolis Education Day 1,377 2,032
Asheville Rome Thirsty Thursday 2,959 1,944
Hickory Greensboro Thirsty Thursday 2,722 1,753

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