While the Normal CornBelters wrapped up another successful season earlier this month, it is not time to harvest the corn around The Corn Crib just yet…
We wrapped up the 2013 season on Thursday, September 5. On the field, the team finished the season tying the CornBelters record for most wins in a single season (46). They won a total of 17 more games this season than they did a year ago, and they finished fifth in the Frontier League West Division. The team also had a record number of player contracts purchased by Major League Baseball organizations. With four active players being purchased this season alone (Casey Upperman – Baltimore Orioles / Alex San Juan – Colorado Rockies / Ryan Demmin – Philadelphia Phillies / Alan Oaks – Chicago Cubs), it brings the total to seven in the our four-year history!
Our success this season was not only on the field. Ticket sales increased for the second season in a row! Total tickets sold increased from 117,599 in 2012 to 126,367 in 2013, and tickets sold per-game increased from 2,557 in 2012 to 2,579 in 2013. We finished the season with the fifth most tickets sold in the Frontier League. We also sold 7,137 tickets for our second, stand-alone concert on Saturday, June 29 featuring Daris Rucker, Rodney Atkins and Jana Kramer. That marked a 2,541 increase from our first, stand-alone concert in 2012 featuring Dierks Bentley, Josh Thompson and Jon Pardi!
What does this mean for farmers? More non-farmers seeing your messages and learning about corn production in Illinois! We have several opportunities for non-farmers to connect with agricultural messages including kids’ activities (hop scotch and “are you as tall as corn”), educational signs (what are tassels and silks? What’s the difference between sweet corn and field corn?) and video messages that play during the games. If you haven’t checked out the Corn Crib, you really need to see this in person!
And though our season has come to an end, there is still plenty going on at the ballpark for you to see and for non-farmers to experience. Heartland Community College (HCC) baseball, men’s soccer and women’s soccer are again utilizing The Corn Crib for practices and games. For more information on HCC athletics, including schedules, please visit: http://www.normalbaseball.com/heartland-athletics/. There are also several special events set to take place at the ballpark, highlighted by the IHSA Class 1A Boys Soccer State Finals on Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2. For more information on all events at The Corn Crib, please visit: http://www.normalbaseball.com/stadium-events/.
Our fans often ask me what the CornBelters staff does during the off-season. The answer to that is simple… We execute our plan for the 2014 season! We have several full-time, front office staff members at The Corn Crib all-year-round. Our jobs consist of numerous tasks, from selling tickets to attending community events throughout Central Illinois. In fact, full season tickets are already on sale for next season! For more information on full season tickets, please visit: http://www.normalbaseball.com/full-season-tickets/. If you are interested in purchasing full season tickets, please visit the Mid-Illini Credit Union Box Office at The Corn Crib anytime during normal business hours, or call (309) 454-2255 (BALL).
If you are looking for something to do this fall, I strongly encourage you to stop by The Corn Crib to check out a HCC game, or a special event, before winter is upon us and it is time to harvest the corn around the ballpark. Of course, make sure to secure your full season tickets for the CornBelters 2014 season when you do!