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Monday, April 26, 2010

Out of the Gate: Dash posts impressive attendance numbers for its first home stand

(By Laura Graff; Winston-Salem Journal) - People worried about how the Winston-Salem Dash will repay its debts to the city based on attendance at the new downtown stadium can take some heart in early statistics.

Through its first six-game homestand, the Winston-Salem Dash is leading the Carolina League and all minor-league teams in its class in attendance, with an average of 4,614 people a game.

That includes a bump from the 7,111 who filled BB&T Ballpark during the inaugural game, and a hit from the relatively smaller crowd of 3,028 who came last Sunday afternoon. The Dash had the highest average attendance of any advanced Class A team in the country.

The team's second homestand began Friday night with a sellout. The team defines a sellout as all 5,500 seats and 700 lawn tickets sold.

"We feel really good about where we are," team President Geoff Lassiter said. "But I'm never going to be happy until it's completely sold out for 70 games."


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