Tim Tebow Helps Draw a Near Record Crowd to Harrisburg

Tim Tebow may not have entered the game until the top of the eighth inning last night as a pinch-hitter for the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, but that didn’t stop fans from flooding Harrisburg’s FNB Field to catch a glimpse of the former Heisman Trophy winner.

Tebow’s presence helped the Senators draw 8,036 fans, the third-largest in team history and second-biggest crowd in the minors yesterday. The packed ballpark was more than twice the Senators’ average, and certainly well beyond what they would typically draw on a Wednesday. The previous evening, when Tebow did start in left field for Binghamton, 6,284 fans were in attendance to watch. The two teams close out their series today in Harrisburg.

The Tebow road show keeps chugging along this season after helping boost minor league baseball’s attendance last season, and is the phenomenon that keeps on giving to minor league teams by attracting his own following of fans.

The Rumble Ponies hit the road to Trenton for a weekend series, and another big turnout is expected.

Last night’s attendance leaders can be found below, followed by the attendance for every minor league team from Wednesday.

June 6 Attendance

 

Team Yesterday Total Openings Average
Iowa Cubs 8,990 147,422 26 5,670
Harrisburg Senators 8,036 108,040 27 4,001
Charlotte Knights 7,674 227,204 26 8,739
Columbus Clippers 7,130 187,486 25 7,499
Nashville Sounds 6,973 242,428 30 8,081
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 6,691 118,365 25 4,735
West Michigan Whitecaps 6,629 87,844 23 3,819
Toledo Mud Hens 6,590 164,768 28 5,885
Pawtucket Red Sox 5,721 107,822 27 3,993
Sacramento River Cats 5,612 221,065 30 7,369
Omaha Storm Chasers 5,403 111,823 26 4,301
Birmingham Barons 5,286 172,821 28 6,172
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders 5,188 134,192 28 4,793
Rochester Red Wings 4,757 128,983 25 5,159
Pensacola Blue Wahoos 4,579 122,819 29 4,235
Salt Lake Bees 4,004 151,855 30 5,062
Cedar Rapids Kernels 3,957 50,700 29 1,748
Portland Sea Dogs 3,871 98,111 20 4,906
Corpus Christi Hooks 3,694 131,812 30 4,394
Augusta GreenJackets 3,518 96,927 23 4,214
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 3,495 71,044 26 2,732
Trenton Thunder 3,327 142,377 32 4,449
South Bend Cubs 3,327 127,484 31 4,112
Memphis Redbirds 3,290 150,419 30 5,014
Potomac Nationals 3,288 85,779 27 3,177
Arkansas Travelers 3,212 109,461 27 4,054
San Antonio Missions 3,106 138,559 30 4,619
Fresno Grizzlies 3,015 189,465 31 6,112
Wilmington Blue Rocks 2,989 108,236 29 3,732
Northwest Arkansas Naturals 2,909 135,975 30 4,533
Erie SeaWolves 2,778 62,323 26 2,397
Delmarva Shorebirds 2,748 82,786 30 2,760
Altoona Curve 2,678 101,887 28 3,639
Columbia Fireflies 2,636 118,217 30 3,941
Hickory Crawdads 2,535 46,537 27 1,724
Winston-Salem Dash 2,480 117,977 27 4,370
Asheville Tourists 2,270 62,272 26 2,395
Kane County Cougars 2,255 95,017 23 4,131
Las Vegas 51s 2,170 153,449 31 4,950
West Virginia Power 2,015 42,248 26 1,625
Mississippi Braves 1,970 67,633 29 2,332
Chattanooga Lookouts 1,865 109,449 31 3,531
Lancaster JetHawks 1,789 65,447 31 2,111
Bowling Green Hot Rods 1,487 68,639 27 2,542
Gwinnett Stripers 1,334 77,438 24 3,227
Carolina Mudcats 1,253 78,222 28 2,794
San Jose Giants 1,208 56,635 31 1,827
Jupiter Hammerheads 1,101 26,198 28 936
Lake County Captains 1,025 59,483 25 2,379
Fort Myers Miracle 1,009 50,433 27 1,868
Tampa Tarpons 988 32,810 30 1,094
Daytona Tortugas 974 50,683 24 2,112
Inland Empire 66ers 916 80,565 27 2,984
Jackson Generals 901 49,390 33 1,497
Charlotte Stone Crabs 881 40,907 24 1,704
Modesto Nuts 822 66,012 28 2,358
Hagerstown Suns 743 21,359 24 890
Bradenton Marauders 730 37,331 29 1,287
Burlington Bees 699 23,772 27 880
Buies Creek Astros 255 10,499 29 362
Buffalo Bisons 0 162,772 25 6,511
Durham Bulls 0 219,383 32 6,856
Indianapolis Indians 0 205,564 29 7,088
Lehigh Valley IronPigs 0 215,990 28 7,714
Louisville Bats 0 199,062 32 6,221
Norfolk Tides 0 123,236 27 4,564
Syracuse Chiefs 0 79,308 23 3,448
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 208,178 28 7,435
Colorado Springs Sky Sox 0 80,435 26 3,094
El Paso Chihuahuas 0 216,830 29 7,477
New Orleans Baby Cakes 0 116,685 27 4,322
Oklahoma City Dodgers 0 196,208 29 6,766
Reno Aces 0 138,614 29 4,780
Round Rock Express 0 257,298 29 8,872
Tacoma Rainiers 0 122,613 28 4,379
Akron RubberDucks 0 117,232 26 4,509
Binghamton Rumble Ponies 0 73,204 25 2,928
Bowie Baysox 0 93,079 28 3,324
Hartford Yard Goats 0 179,139 33 5,428
Reading Fightin Phils 0 138,012 29 4,759
Richmond Flying Squirrels 0 136,714 24 5,696
Biloxi Shuckers 0 73,027 29 2,518
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 0 111,018 21 5,287
Mobile BayBears 0 32,116 27 1,189
Montgomery Biscuits 0 109,399 30 3,647
Tennessee Smokies 0 96,777 23 4,208
Frisco RoughRiders 0 186,054 28 6,645
Midland RockHounds 0 115,606 28 4,129
Springfield Cardinals 0 124,679 26 4,795
Tulsa Drillers 0 140,443 27 5,202
Lake Elsinore Storm 0 89,029 28 3,180
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 0 75,523 32 2,360
Stockton Ports 0 76,647 27 2,839
Visalia Rawhide 0 56,131 31 1,811
Down East Wood Ducks 0 47,554 27 1,761
Frederick Keys 0 95,173 25 3,807
Lynchburg Hillcats 0 37,327 24 1,555
Myrtle Beach Pelicans 0 68,991 27 2,555
Salem Red Sox 0 79,258 28 2,831
Clearwater Threshers 0 77,481 29 2,672
Dunedin Blue Jays 0 12,956 27 480
Florida Fire Frogs 0 16,914 22 769
Lakeland Flying Tigers 0 24,775 25 991
Palm Beach Cardinals 0 16,285 21 775
St. Lucie Mets 0 45,346 28 1,620
Beloit Snappers 0 13,522 24 563
Clinton LumberKings 0 39,968 30 1,332
Dayton Dragons 0 234,953 30 7,832
Fort Wayne TinCaps 0 125,276 27 4,640
Great Lakes Loons 0 45,689 24 1,904
Lansing Lugnuts 0 108,709 30 3,624
Peoria Chiefs 0 68,885 26 2,649
Quad Cities River Bandits 0 64,871 27 2,403
Charleston RiverDogs 0 114,530 26 4,405
Greensboro Grasshoppers 0 129,560 27 4,799
Greenville Drive 0 116,978 24 4,874
Kannapolis Intimidators 0 25,627 24 1,068
Lakewood BlueClaws 0 99,068 23 4,307
Lexington Legends 0 115,891 28 4,139
Rome Braves 0 63,093 27 2,337

 

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