Jackrabbits

The Kokomo Jackrabbits had an announced attendance of 419 in the afternoon opener of a weekday doubleheader at Municipal Stadium on Wednesday, a record low in the team's five-year history. The Jackrabbits are playing more games this season in their first year with the Northwoods League and have seen low attendance numbers early in the season.

The Kokomo Jackrabbits are lowering ticket prices for the remainder of their 2019 Northwoods League schedule of home games at Municipal Stadium.

With ticket sales in decline over the first 10 home games this season, the organization announced in a press release Friday that it’s cutting single-game tickets to the lowest prices in the franchise’s five-year history.

Backyard seats, which are the lawn seats in the outfield, are dropping from $8 to $6. Dugout seats will go from $11 to $8, and Scout seats which include Sections 104-106 behind home plate are dropping from $17 to $12.

“We’ve listened to our season ticket holders and are always looking to improve the overall fan experience at KMS,” Kokomo Jackrabbits General Manager John Perszyk said in the release. “With that being said, we are lowering our ticket prices so that everyone can enjoy an entertaining baseball game while trying our new value baskets.”

Current season ticket holders will receive “Jax Cash” food vouchers to compensate for the price adjustment.

Attendance numbers have been on the decline so far this season, with lower season ticket sales accounting for a big chunk of the sharp drop in attendance.

In 10 home games at Municipal Stadium, Kokomo’s summer collegiate wooden bat team is averaging 709 fans per game, cut nearly in half from an average of 1,412 through 10 home games last season.

The team, which spent its first four seasons in the Prospect League before making the jump to the Northwoods League this season, averaged 1,409 through its first 10 home games in 2017, 1,384 in 2016 and 1,182 in its inaugural season in 2015.

The Rabbits have hit record-low numbers in attendance on three separate occasions this season, with a record-low 419 fans announced as the official attendance in the afternoon opener of a weekday doubleheader against the Traverse City Pit Spitters last Wednesday.

The waning numbers certainly aren’t due to a lack of talent or entertainment on the field. As of Friday, Kokomo was sitting at 10-8 and in sole possession of first place in the Great Lakes East Division under first-year coach Hayden Carter.

The Jackrabbits hit a record-high attendance of 4,246 fans in its final home game of the 2016 season. The top overall season attendance was 49,151 total fans, and average of 1,638 per game, in the 2017 season.

After finishing up a two-game road trip in Kenosha today, the ‘Rabbits are back home on Father’s Day Sunday for a 1:05 p.m. first pitch with Kalamazoo on a day featuring a power tie gate giveaway.

The remaining entertainment schedule for the season includes three bobble head nights, six firework nights and three jersey auctions. The Jackrabbits will also bring themes such as Apperson Jackrabbit Night, Star Wars, 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing, and the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock to the mix this season.

In addition to single game packages, seven-game and half-season ticket packages are also available. Tickets are available for purchase at the onsite ticket offices at Municipal Stadium and can also be purchased online at www.kokomojackrabbits.com.

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