The South Bend Cubs set a new single-season attendance record for their franchise Wednesday. They drew 5,029 fans to Four Winds Field, giving them a total of 259,530 this season.
The previous regular-season attendance record for South Bend (258,836) was set last year during the final game of the season. Before that, the 1994 team had drawn the most fans.
“Amazing. Just amazing,” South Bend Cubs President Joe Hart said in a press release. “Everyone on the team is thrilled that fans love it here so much. It’s hard to believe that we still have 16 home games to go.”
With that many home games left, the team will surpass the old attendance record by quite a lot. Each game literally will be a record-setting event.
“When you think about it, South Bend is going to set 16 new attendance records for the next 16 consecutive home games,” Hart said. “Every time we play from this point forward, we’ll be setting a new attendance record. That’s just a great feeling. And we owe it all to the amazing fans throughout the region. They love the Cubs. They love the South Bend Cubs. And now, our next milestone is that 300,000-fan attendance level, so we’re asking everyone to help us set the highest record possible.”
South Bend has had a Midwest League team since the 1988 season. Before aligning with the Cubs this season, the team was affiliated with the Chicago White Sox from 1988 to 1996 and the Arizona Diamondbacks from 1997 to 2014.