Jan. 4, 2010
WACO, Texas - Baylor baseball ranked 20th nationally in total home attendance and 21st nationally in average home attendance during the 2009 season, according to figures released Monday by the NCAA. This marks the 10th consecutive season the Bears have ranked in the top 20 in at least one national attendance listing. Baylor Ballpark drew 90,261 fans over 31 home dates for an average attendance of 2,912 during the 2009 season.
Baylor posted a 20-12 record at Baylor Ballpark in 2009, and the Bears have a 258-104 (.713) home record since moving into the facility in 1999. Nearly one million fans have watched the Bears play at Baylor Ballpark, and the 2009 season total was the sixth-highest in program history. The Bears expect to welcome their one millionth fan during the 2010 season's opening weekend. Through 10 seasons, 994,381 fans have watched the Bears play at Baylor Ballpark.
The Bears are one of only 10 programs nationally to draw at least 80,000 fans in each of the last 10 seasons, joining Alabama, Clemson, LSU, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Texas, Texas A&M and Wichita State. Additionally, Baylor is one of only eight schools across the nation to average at least 2,700 fans per game in each season of the last decade.
With the benefit of a brand new Alex Box Stadium, LSU claimed the top spot in the rankings by an average of more than 1,700 fans per game. The Tigers drew 394,068 fans over 41 dates, including the 9,936 fans who watched Baylor fall to No. 2 LSU in extra innings on the second day of the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional on May 30. LSU went on to win the national championship.
Baylor opens the 2010 season with QTI Apparel's Opening Weekend Classic, Feb. 19-21. The Bears begin the season with two games on the same day, taking on Duke at 1 p.m. and Georgia at 5 p.m. Georgia is ranked 31st nationally in Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's preseason poll. The Bears return 10 out of 13 pitchers and 18 of 28 lettermen from last season's 30-26 squad.