SOUTH BEND — The South Bend Cubs are shattering attendance records and on pace to draw well over 300,000 fans during the 2015 Midwest League baseball season.
With 35 home dates down and 35 to go, the team has drawn 160,550 fans to Four Winds Field, an average of 4,587.
Attendance has soared by 55 percent from 103,000 for the same period last year, according to the club.
The South Bend franchise, which came into existence in 1988, changed its Major League affiliation in the offeseason from the Arizona Diamondbacks to Chicago Cubs and its name from Silver Hawks to Cubs.
“This is unprecedented, but not unexpected,” club president Joe Hart said of the attendance growth. “We were confident going in that we understood what our fans wanted — a Chicago Cubs affiliate with all the bells and whistles of a major league ballpark. We’re thrilled that we’ve been able to grow our fan base in the first few months.”
Just this past Friday, June 19, the team drew the largest crowd in franchise history at 8,004. On April 9, the club drew a record opening-day crowd of 7,086.
Overall, the team has drawn nine crowds in excess of 7,000 this season after not having any such crowds in 2014.
The Midwest League’s all-star game was set for Tuesday, June 23, in Peoria, Ill. South Bend begins second-half play Thursday at Lake County (Ohio). The team begins a five-game homestand Monday, June 29.