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Attendance soars in Year 2

Editor’s Note: This story on the Revolution’s attendance midway through the 2008 Atlantic League season ran in Thursday’s York Dispatch.

Two friends battle for superiority in Sumo suits.

During another break in the action, “Roof man” — dressed in form-fitting tights and crying out his patented catchphrase, “Let’s do it!” — sprinkles giveaways on the fans below as the Knight Rider theme song blares (David Hasselhoff would undoubtedly be proud).

Young children dressed as fruit attempt to navigate their way around the bases. One, wearing a banana outfit, rounds second and, rather than heading to third, mistakenly runs for the 38-foot wall in left field.

These often hysterical moments at York Revolution home games are part of the nightly experience at Sovereign Bank Stadium.

And it’s these promotions, geared toward family entertainment, that keep casual fans coming back for more. It’s the well-known minor league baseball business model that seems to be working in York.

Midway through the Atlantic League season, the Revolution’s average attendance in 35 home dates (4,168) is slightly above what York averaged last season (3,709) playing in an incomplete ballpark.

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Rev effect hurts in Harrisburg

Editor’s Note: This story, which examines the Revolution’s effect on the Harrisburg Senators, originally ran in Thursday’s York Dispatch. Another story outlining the Revs’ attendance fortunes will run here Friday. 

It took close to four decades for York to land another professional baseball team after the York Pirates left town in 1969.

And with each year that passed, another obstacle got in the way of the effort.

Stadium location. Escalating costs. Political debate. All were roadblocks that were finally pushed aside when the York Revolution opened the doors to Sovereign Bank Stadium last June.

But one of the biggest obstacles along York’s journey to bring a pro baseball team back to its city rests about 25 miles north up I-83 — the Harrisburg Senators.

The Senators’ ownership blocked former York Mayor Charlie Robertson’s efforts to bring an affiliated team to York in the mid-1990s, and officials from Harrisburg and York spent years trying to negotiate an agreement, as mandated by Major League Baseball rules.

York finally got around the dispute between the two cities by welcoming the independent Revolution to town.

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