A sellout crowd of 11,398 attended the Jumbo Shrimp’s homestand finale Monday at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, marking the ballpark’s largest single crowd since 11,481 on July 3, 2008. Coming one year after a sellout of 10,238 at the July 3, 2016, game, it is the first time in the ballpark’s 15-year history that it has hosted consecutive Independence Day celebration sellouts.
The three 10,000-plus crowds in the Jumbo Shrimp’s inaugural season are the most for Jacksonville since the same number in 2008. In 2017, they are the three largest single-game crowds at any Southern League game this season, occurring Wednesday, April 12 (10,477); Friday, April 14 (10,023); and Monday, July 3 (11,398).
In the first two seasons of Fast Forward Sports Group’s ownership, Jacksonville has hosted four 10,000-plus crowds – more than the previous seven seasons combined. They are also the four largest crowds to attend any 2016 or 2017 Southern League game.
“We are so grateful for Jumbo Shrimp fans’ outstanding support, and for creating a special highlight to the start of our second half of the season,” said Jumbo Shrimp General Manager Harold Craw. “We look forward to sharing affordable family fun with returning and new guests at each game the rest of the inaugural Jumbo Shrimp season.”
The Jumbo Shrimp open a series in Montgomery at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday. Their next game at the Baseball
Grounds is Sunday against the Biloxi Shuckers at 6:35 p.m. for Christmas in July, when the Jumbo Shrimp will wear Christmas Sweater Jerseys that will be auctioned during the game for charity. Auction winners will go on the field after the game to receive the jerseys from the players. Plus, Mickey Mouse, Santa and an elf will be at the ballpark. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. for Baptist Health Sunday Family FUNday, when families can play catch on the field before the game. Free face painting, balloon animals, and kids crafts activities will be available in the Wolfson Children's Hospital Kids Zone. Following the game, kids 12 and under can run the bases. The game is also presented by Channel 4 The Local Station.
About the Jumbo Shrimp
The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp are beginning a new era of affordable family fun with the 2017 season presented by Community First Credit Union at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. With a new lineup of ticket and group options, there is a reason for everyone to get part of the action by calling the Jumbo Shrimp at (904) 3582846 or visiting www.jaxshrimp.com.