Close, but no record: Ogden Raptors draw season high, not franchise-best crowd

Friday , July 14, 2017 - 10:13 PM

BRETT HEIN, Standard-Examiner Staff

OGDEN — When Weber State Credit Union asked Ogden Raptors team president Dave Baggott about buying all of Lindquist Field’s tickets for a night to celebrate its 60th anniversary, Baggott felt a new record brewing.

The credit union purchased every seat not accounted for by season tickets to Friday’s game against the Missoula Osprey. While they lasted, fans simply had to request a number of tickets at the box office and the team handed them over.

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Despite the favorable ticket price, unfavorably gray skies and blustery wind may have dampened the turnout. A season-best 5,756 fans turned out to Lindquist Field, but it was short of the record of 6,317 set in 1997 during Lindquist Field’s inaugural season.

“We’re proud of the community for coming out to support the Raptors and for the support from Weber State Credit Union as they celebrate 60 years in business,” Baggott said. “But what an incredible crowd — the biggest of the year so far — so we’re proud of everything and we’ll get ‘em next time.”

Saturday may bring another crowd that flirts with the record. America First Credit Union debit or credit card holders can present their card for four free tickets, a promotion Baggott said usually draws the biggest crowd each season.

Including Friday’s game, the Raptors have totaled 48,294 fans through 12 games, roughly one-third of the home schedule. There are plenty of dog days left this summer, but so far, fans are putting Ogden on pace to break the franchise’s single-season record of 146,068 fans set in 2009.

Ogden has led the Pioneer League in attendance for 20 consecutive seasons, a streak that began when Lindquist Field first opened.

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