FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The TinCaps will begin their 2014 season Thursday evening, and fans appear to be looking forward to another summer at the ballpark.
TinCaps’ president Mike Nutter said preseason ticket sales are higher than they’ve ever been. “As we sit here on the eve of opening day, it’s the most season tickets we’ve ever sold and the most group tickets we’ve ever sold,” he said.
Sales break down to about 1,700 tickets per game. Last season, the team set a new franchise record for season attendance, with 410, 459 fans. In the five completed seasons, the TinCaps have had more than two million fans.
“We’re not experiencing the drop off that other teams do” Nutter said.
There are no new major changes to the ballpark, but fans should notice some new things. During the off-season, brick was placed around the Concourse Suites, tarps were installed at the back of each seating section, and the outfield billboards were redone.
At some point in the season, new items will be on the concession menu. “We’re trying a new burger concept,” Nutter said, which will be out in left field. “We’ll have a mac n cheese burger, a turkey burger, right on your burger. There’s also a dessert concept, we’re not there yet, but we’re looking at serving a family-sized dessert in a big ice cream helmet that the whole family can eat from the same one.”
The cold winter has forced some tasks to be put on hold, including repainting all the doors at the stadium. Nutter said that job will be done as soon as it warms up more.
The weather has also limited the amount of work that could be done on the ballpark’s diamond itself. The team’s head groundskeeper said his crew has only been able to spend four days on getting it ready.
“We really haven’t been out here much,” Keith Winter said. “We’re in really good shape, and we’re ready to play tomorrow. The field is coming around. We just need as much warm weather that we can possibly get.”
The TinCaps were the only team in their league to not have a home game rained out last season.
Winter said the field will be in better shape after the team returns from next week’s road trip.