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South Jersey Baseball:
Atlantic League Sets Attendance Record
More Than Two Millions Fans Pack the Parks for First Time in League History

Monday, September 26, 2005

By Denny Watson
Atlantic City Surf Correspondent

CAMDEN, NJ- The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball announced today that attendance has surpassed two million for the first time in the league’s eight-year history. As the regular season comes to a close on Sunday, a record 2,005,114 fans have passed through the gates at eight ballparks. The previous single-season high was set in 2002.

“This record speaks to not only the caliber of play on the field, but to the support of our fans over the years,” said Joe Klein, the league’s Executive Director. “Congratulations to the fans, the staffs and the players for making the league such a success.”

The league’s average nightly attendance is more than 3,700, with the Long Island Ducks leading the way, drawing more than 6,000 fans each game. Somerset and Lancaster are close behind, at over 5,300 a night.

The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball Clubs, in operation since 1998, brings a high level of professional baseball and affordable family entertainment to selected communities not presently being served by Major League or Minor League teams. Since beginning play eight years ago, the contracts of more than 200 Atlantic League players have been purchased by Major League organizations. For further information, please contact the Atlantic League at 856.541.9400.

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