SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) — For Miami Valley’s newest baseball franchise, the phrase, “If you build it, they will come” certainly rings clear.
The Champion City Kings opened their inaugural season to around 900 fans. Now almost to the halfway point of the schedule, more than 5,200 fans have passed through the front gate.
Rick White, General Manager of the Kings says the weather has been a factor as of late, “We’ve had some off nights too where we’ve only had a couple hundred people here,” he added, “but I think we’re averaging right around the 500 to 550 mark where we’re trying to get to.”
The Kings baseball franchise plays in the Prospect League. A summer league described by professionals to be the highest level of amateur wooden bat baseball in the country.
The Prospect League spent two years to secure a team in Springfield.
Now that the Champion City has a team, businesses around the stadium are getting a boost. We talked with bartenders at O’Conners Irish Pub. They say business picks up after Kings baseball games on Thursday and Friday nights.
Single game tickets are available:
- Box Seat: $8.00
- Grandstand Seat: $6.00
- Children (6-12) & Military/Seniors: $5.00
The Kings will play a four-game home-stand this weekend, followed by a five-game home-stand next week.
- Thursday, June 26th vs. Quincy (7:35pm)
- Friday, June 27th vs. Lorain County (7:35pm)
- Saturday, June 28th vs. Lorain County (7:35pm)
- Sunday, June 29th vs. Lorain County (1:35pm)