FRISCO, Texas- The Frisco RoughRiders finished the 2017 season as the top draw among all 30 Double-A Baseball franchises across the country for the 13th consecutive year.
The RoughRiders, the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, drew 480,320 fans to Dr Pepper Ballpark for 69 regular season home contests and the 2017 Texas League All-Star Game, an average of 6,862 fans per game. The Riders average nightly attendance was more than 800 fans higher than the next-closest Double-A franchise (Reading Fightin Phils/Eastern League).
Frisco amassed nine crowds of at least 10,000 fans in 2017, including a season-high sellout of 11,897 on May 5, the third-largest mark in team history. A sellout crowd of 11,841 on Sept. 3 was the sixth-largest in franchise history. The RoughRiders’ six largest crowds and 11 of the top 13 have come since 2015, which was General Partner & CEO Chuck Greenberg‘s first full season leading the franchise.
“Through 15 seasons in Frisco, the affinity for the RoughRiders brand has never been stronger and our ownership group and front office staff are grateful to the more than 480,000 fans that chose to spend a spring or summer evening at the ballpark this past season,” Greenberg said. “Even after the nearly $8 million in facility upgrades and fan experience enhancements since 2015, we will continue to work hard to provide the most fun, affordable and family-friendly game day environment possible.”
Dr Pepper Ballpark has continued to grow as a year-round, 365-day sports, entertainment and hospitality venue in 2017. This year, more than 750,000 people are expected to visit the ballpark. In addition to RoughRiders home games, the park plays host to corporate gatherings, special public and private events, and other high-profile sporting events, such as Dirk Nowitzki’s Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game and the Frisco College Baseball Classic.
The RoughRiders’ popularity wasn’t just measured at the gate this year. Riders Outpost, the club’s Official Team Store, broke the franchise’s all-time merchandise sales record for a single season. The previous record was set in 2003, the team’s inaugural season in Frisco.
The RoughRiders open the 2018 season April 5 at Dr Pepper Ballpark. Season tickets and ticket packages are now available at RidersBaseball.com, (972) 731-9200 and the RoughRiders Ticket Office.
About the RoughRiders
The Frisco RoughRiders are the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers and play their games at beautiful Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas. The team was founded in 2003 and has finished first among all Double-A franchises in attendance in each of the last 13 seasons (2005-2017). In August 2014, the RoughRiders were purchased by an ownership group led by Chuck Greenberg. The new ownership group, together with the city of Frisco, has spearheaded numerous major franchise improvements over the past two seasons, investing nearly $8 million in a wide array of facility upgrades and improvements, including a new state-of-the-art HD video board, sound system, Bull Moose Saloon, InTouch Grille, Riders Outpost Team Store and the newest and biggest creation, the 174-foot Choctaw Lazy River. The upgrades made prior to the 2015 season earned the Riders and the City of Frisco “Best Ballpark Renovation” of 2015 by Ballpark Digest. The same publication also honored the Choctaw Lazy River as the best ballpark improvement over $1 million for the 2016 season. More than 140 former RoughRiders players have gone on to play Major League Baseball, including All-Stars Chris Davis, Adrian Gonzalez, Ian Kinsler and Nelson Cruz, as well as current Rangers stars Elvis Andrus, Rougned Odor and Nomar Mazara. For more information on the Frisco RoughRiders and Dr Pepper Ballpark, please visit RidersBaseball.com or contact Art Garcia at AGarcia@RidersBaseball.com or Ryan Rouillard at RRouillard@RidersBaseball.com.