The go-to site within the MINK League, Phil Welch Stadium again ranked among the top nightly destinations to see a collegiate summer wood-bat baseball game.
The St. Joseph Mustangs’ 26 home dates attracted the seventh-most fans per game in the nation for 2013 according to ballparkbiz.com, drawing 2,100 fans a night. No other MINK squad ranked in the top 50.
Highlighted by two 4,000-plus attendance nights, this season marks the highest finish for the fifth-year summer squad in these rankings.
“We had a solid plan, and it came together nicely,” Mustangs general manager Rick Muntean said. “We also had fantastic weather, which really helped.
“Our goal is to lead the nation in attendance for summer college baseball.”
That may be difficult to do, considering the Madison (Wis.) Mallards — a Northwoods League team — are easily the country’s best attraction at this level. Madison’s 35 home dates wooed an average of 6,110 fans — more than 3,000 more than the second-best site and more than 4,000 better than any team in the prestigious Cape Cod League.
As for the Mustangs, despite not advancing to the NBC World Series for the first time in four years, they moved up 31 slots from last year’s fan-generated finish after coming in eighth in 2010 and 2011.
St. Joseph’s team that featured several exits by top players attracted 12 crowds of more than 2,000 fans and four games of 3,000-plus.
In their five seasons, the Mustangs (28-21 in 2013) have four top-10 finishes for average attendance.
“We are building a rich tradition here in St. Joe,” Muntean said.