KOKOMO JACKRABBITS REDUCE TICKET PRICES AS ATTENDANCE PLUMMETS

KOKOMO, Ind. – The Kokomo Jackrabbits announced that they have reduced ticket prices for the remainder of the 2019 season. The announcement comes as attendance has plummeted by nearly 50-percent in the first 10 home games of the 2019 season (7,093 this year compared to 14,115 last year).

The Jackrabbits announced three new ticket price tiers: Backyard will be $6 (lawn seating in the outfield), Dugout is now $8 (Sections 101-103 and Sections 107-109) and Scout has been reduced to $12 (behind home plate Sections 104-106).

According to a Jackrabbits press release, these are the lowest ticket prices since the team’s inception in 2015. The price drop will allow a family of four to experience a night at Kokomo Municipal Stadium for as little as $24. Current 2019 ticket holders will receive “Jax Cash” food vouchers to compensate for the price adjustment.

“We’ve listened to our season ticket holders and are always looking to improve the overall fan experience at Kokomo Municipal Stadium,” said Jackrabbits General Manager John Perszyk. “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.”

Attendance in 2019 has taken a sharp nose-dive from previous seasons. In the first 10 games this year, the Jackrabbits were averaging 709 fans. Last year during the same time period, the Rabbits drew 1,412 per game, which was a four-year high. Three times this season, the all-time low attendance mark has been set, including the new low of 419 in a game last week.

Last Sunday on Father’s Day, attendance improved to 992 fans, but that paled in comparison to previous Father’s Day crowds at Municipal Stadium (1,474 in 2017 and 1,560 in 2015). In the first 11 home games this season, Kokomo has only drawn more than 1,000 fans once (1,351 for game two), which is already more triple-digit crowds than any other season (nine in 2015, one in 2016, one in 2017 and six last year).

In addition to lowering ticket prices, on-field entertainment and theme nights have continued to expand for the remainder of the season. The entertainment schedule includes three bobble head, six Firework Nights and three jersey auctions. The Jackrabbits will also have theme nights to include Apperson Jackrabbit, Star Wars, 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing and the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock.

Seven-game and half-season ticket packages are available at the Municipal Stadium ticket office and at www.kokomojackrabbits.com.

Courtesy of the Sports Journal staff and the Kokomo Jackrabbits

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KOKOMO JACKRABBITS LEAP TO FIRST PLACE IN NORTHWOODS LEAGUE GREAT LAKES EAST DIVISION

BY DEAN HOCKNEY

KOKOMO, Ind. – After starting the season 0-3 in its new Northwoods League home, the Kokomo Jackrabbits (7-6) have caught fire and are tied for the lead in the Great Lakes East Division after two weeks of the 72-game season. The rabbits are currently the second-hottest team in the league, having won seven of its last 10 games. The Great Lakes West Division leading Madison Mallards (11-2) have won eight of its last 10 and the Mankato MoonDogs (7-6) sit in third-place in the Great Plains West Division after taking wins in seven of its last 10.

During Kokomo’s current run, they recorded three consecutive wins from June 3-5 against Rockford (6-5) and Battle Creek (7-6 and 2-1). They ended the week with a 7-4 victory on the road at Rockford. Of Kokomo’s seven wins, seven different pitchers have been the pitcher of record.

A huge highlight for the Jackrabbits has been the debut of former Kokomo Wildkat and current Ohio State right-handed pitcher Bayden Root. He made his first appearance against Kenosha on June 5, striking out four of the five batters he faced. On June 7 at Battle Creek, he faced 11 batters over three innings as the starter, giving up one hit and striking out four. He came on in relief on June 9 at Rockford and pitched a 1-2-3 inning with a pair of strikeouts.

But while the Jackrabbits are thriving on the field, fans have are not returning to the stands as they have in years past. After six home contests, Kokomo is ranked 21st in attendance at 762 fans per game. Last season after six games, Kokomo averaged 1,237 spectators – meaning the Rabbits are averaging 475 fans fewer per game this year. Madison leads the 22-team Northwoods League at 6,089 per contest, the Duluth Huskies are last at 719, and the league average is 1,594.

Kokomo is back in action at Municipal Stadium for a four-game series starting on June 11 when the Traverse City Pit Spitters visits for the first time. The June 11 game begins at 7:05 p.m. and the two squads play two games on June 12, 1:05 p.m. and 7:05 p.m. before wrapping the series on June 13 at 7:05 p.m.

 

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RABBIT REVIEW WEEK 1: WELCOME TO THE NORTHWOODS LEAGUE

New Kokomo Jackrabbits second baseman Dylan Dohanos. (SJ photo/William Gibson)

BY DEAN HOCKNEY

KOKOMO, Ind. – For the fifth consecutive summer, the Kokomo Jackrabbits will call Municipal Stadium home for the next two months. But new this year is the squads move from the Prospect League to the more competitive, and much-larger, Northwoods League. After one week of play, the Jackrabbits are proving that they are competitive in the Great Lakes East Division with a 3-4 record against division competition.

The Rabbits opened the 2019 campaign on the road against the Madison Mallards, which averages more than 6,000 fans a game, dropping a pair of games 11-1 and 7-2. They returned to the friendly confines of Municipal Stadium and split a pair of series with the Kenosha Kingfish and Rockford Rivets.

Against Kenosha, the Jackrabbits dropped game one 8-7 in 11 innings before winning its first-ever game in the Northwoods League with a thrilling 4-3 victory. The Kingfish led 3-0 going into the bottom of the sixth, but the Rabbits struck for a pair. Down 3-2 after seven, Kokomo went to a small ball attack to take the lead courtesy of a pair of sacrifice bunts from Ethan Gallagher and Austin Elder. Leading 4-3 with the tying run on second, right fielder Chase Keng sealed the win with a sensational diving catch in foul territory near the brick wall.

The Jackrabbits second win came in walk-off fashion last Sunday afternoon. Rockford struck first with three in the first only to see Kokomo score two in the bottom of the inning courtesy of singles from Logan Jarvis and Evan Albrecht and a two-run double from Elder. An RBI single from Jack Kraus scored Jeff Timko in the sixth to tie the game at three. The Rivets countered with two in the top of the seventh. Kokomo scored in the bottom of the seventh on a Ryan Layne triple followed by a Jarvis single.

Trailing 5-4 going to the bottom of the ninth, Denzel Clarke led the inning off with a walk only to see the next two Rabbits strike out. Albrecht followed with a walk and Clarke tied the game off a Keng single. The Rivets then brought in Hunter Keim to shut the door, but his second pitch bounced away from the catcher and Albrecht scored with the rare wild pitch walk-off to win.

Kokomo is back in action at Municipal Stadium for a pair of games against Kenosha on June 5-6 (7:05 p.m. both days). After a four-game road trip, the Traverse City Pit Spitters makes its first visit to Kokomo for a four-game series starting on June 11.

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