State Baseball Tournament Attendance Up From Past Years

Take me out to the ballgame. When their team's on the field, it's hard to keep fans away from the ballpark.

This year fans at the state baseball tournament are coming out in potentially record numbers.

Carl Zeutzius a Lincoln Pius X parent went to all the Thunderbolts state baseball games. He told 10/11, "It's been amazing. The other night when we played Norris at Den Hartog, there was a thousand people there, standing room only, I've never seen so many people at that field."

Dennis Bornschlegel a Norris Parent was also at nearly all of the Titans state games. He said, "It's been tremendous crowds here, a lot of people that you haven't seen, it's the state tournament, it's a special time of the year."

Jim Angele is an NSAA Assistant Director. Of this year's attendance he said, "Gate receipts in terms of overall money, we're ahead of our pace from the last two years."

Angele says part of the impressive fan turnout is the local teams.

"We have five teams in Class B that are within 30 miles of Lincoln, and then of course we've got three Lincoln schools that made the Class A State Championship bracket. So that puts us a little further ahead when you've got more local teams playing in the tournament."

Zeutzius added, "The local teams are a big part of it, and it's great to see and it's a very exciting atmosphere."

While Bornschlegel said, "I think a lot of it has to be attributed to the way the tournament's run, the fact that the games have been late in the day that the local teams have been playing in and the turn out has been tremendous."

Couple that with nice weather and it's easy to fill the stands.

NSAA officials won't have final attendance numbers until next week, so Angele can't say if it's record breaking, but so far the numbers for the five day tournament are looking good.


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