COTUIT, Mass. — Sunday marked Opening Day for the Cape Cod Baseball League and players returned to the field for the first time since 2019.
League officials, stunned by the high fan turnout, said they expect this season’s attendance to be record-breaking.
”We are packed here,” said Paul Logan, treasurer of the Cape Cod Baseball League. “We started getting packed in Cotuit around 3:30, and that happens in one instance: playoff games.”
According to Logan, the Cape Cod Baseball League generally generates a $4 million economic impact to Cape Cod annually.
This year, he said, they expect to bring in about 10% more than that.
”We are expecting a record-breaking season of attendance, and the good thing is, from the treasury side of the Cape League, we had some revenue issues because we didn’t play. But we are expecting a record-breaking season,” he said.
Fans were also surprised by the high turnout at Lowell Park.
The Cotuit Kettleers took on the Wareham Gatemen, with the game-opening pitch starting at 5 p.m.
”Oh my God, there were never this many people when I was younger and it just makes me so happy,” said Gregory Skillin, a 44-year-old fan from Boston who said he’s attended games since childhood.
”It feels really cool to be here, back on the field with the players, high-fives,” said Cotuit Little League player Walker White.
According to Ben Brink, public relations director for the Cape Cod Baseball League, players on all 10 teams are vaccinated this year.
”This is where the last game of 2019 was, and on this exact field... and here we are again,” he said.
For the Cape Cod Baseball League schedule, click here.
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