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Revs will easily pass 1969’s full-season attendance stats

Curly Holtzapple, center, greets Brooks Robinson on the field at Sovereign Bank Stadium, where former members of the York White Roses were honored before the Revolution took the field for Friday’s opener, the first professional game in town since 1969. Curly Holtzapple (center) greets Brooks Robinson as he joins the White Roses on the field before the York Revolutions first home baseball game in the new stadium on June 15.
The York Revolution’s attendance after nine home games in their new stadium is 32,336.
The turnout for the entire home season for the York Pirates, the last professional team to take the diamond in York, came in at 52,934.
So, compared to the 1969 curfew- and race-riot plagued season, the Revs are on target to surpass that last season’s attendance this month. And it wasn’t that the 1969 team was bad. The Pirates won the International League pennant that year.
The turnstile numbers still have caused a debate. Some, including YDR writer Jim Seip contend attendance has been hurt because the stadium was opened before it was completed. Others disagree. Weigh in on this debate at The Exchange.
The Revs attendance stats so far, as compiled by York Daily Record sports editor Chris Otto:

Friday, June 15 — 5,460
Saturday, June 16 — 4,364
Sunday, June 17 — 3,001
Thursday, June 21 — 2,853
Friday, June 22 — 2,622
Saturday, June 23 — 4,313
Saturday, June 30 — 3,368
Sunday, July 1 — 2,517
Monday, July 22 — 3,838
Link to 2007 Atlantic League attendance figures: http://www.atlanticleague.com/attendance.html
Post script: An independent market study in 2005 on an Arch Street ballpark estimated that a team would need to draw an average of 2,800 fans a game to break even.