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Old 04-11-2016, 01:45 PM
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Forget the OP's criteria. Look at Sacramento, one of the largest drawing AAA baseball teams. When they were affiliates of the A's, they actually outdrew them one night.


Their minor league soccer team is so popular it might become an MLS expansion.
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Old 04-11-2016, 02:08 PM
 
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Or Syracuse, whose parent club is the Washington Nationals.

As for the original question, Rochester has an International League baseball team, an American Hockey League team, a United Soccer League/National Premier Soccer League and National Womens Soccer League team, pro indoor and outdoor lacrosse and a Premier Basketball League team. While not all of these are minor league, the support for all of these teams is pretty good and affordable.
The MLL team does not draw well, although that is likely due to the fact they play in Brockport as opposed to close to where people live. NLL team draws much better (about as well as the Amerks) because they play Downtown at the Blue Cross Arena.
The Recipe for a good minor league city seems to be either
1) An affiliate solidly within the fandom of the parent club (Providence Bruins,)
2) A market big enough that lacks major league sports (Louisville Bats, Rochester Amerks)
Worcester for example failed because its AHL team was not affiliated with the Bruins, thus nobody went because nobody wanted to root for the Sharks in B's country.

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Old 04-11-2016, 02:13 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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Forgive me, as I'm not a sports fan normally, and I may have the wrong idea here. But, when I lived in Nashville, my husband, daughter and I used to go see baseball games there. The term I recall was "farm team"? Anyway, it was very popular and cheap and lots of fun.
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Old 04-11-2016, 04:17 PM
 
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The MLL team does not draw well, although that is likely due to the fact they play in Brockport as opposed to close to where people live. NLL team draws much better (about as well as the Amerks) because they play Downtown at the Blue Cross Arena.
The Recipe for a good minor league city seems to be either
1) An affiliate solidly within the fandom of the parent club (Providence Bruins,)
2) A market big enough that lacks major league sports (Louisville Bats, Rochester Amerks)
Worcester for example failed because its AHL team was not affiliated with the Bruins, thus nobody went because nobody wanted to root for the Sharks in B's country.
Brockport is essentially an outer suburb/exurb of Rochester and they have a nice, smaller stadium at SUNY-Brockport. They probably should play at the University of Rochester's Fauver Stadium, which is within the city of Rochester.
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Old 04-11-2016, 04:21 PM
 
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Louisville has been my favorite minor league city so far.
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Old 04-12-2016, 01:09 AM
 
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The Dayton Dragons (Reds Low A affiliate) have sold out every game (~8,000 seats) since they came into existence in 1999. They are the only professional team in the US to sell out 1,000 or more consecutive games. The University of Dayton has sold out almost every home basketball game in the last 50 years, and lots of locals turn out to watch the play-in games to March Madness.
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Old 04-12-2016, 06:21 AM
 
Location: Twin Cities (StP)
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Cleveland, hands down.
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Old 04-12-2016, 07:53 AM
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Louisville and Birmingham.
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Old 04-12-2016, 08:50 AM
 
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Cleveland, hands down.
They have 2 major league level teams, and the Browns.
They are a major league market without and NHL team.
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Old 04-12-2016, 09:32 AM
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Pensacola, FL actually does pretty well in this metric. They have the new AA "Blue Wahoos" affiliate of the Reds. They have a beautiful waterfront stadium that's constantly rated as one of the best ballparks (major or minor) in the country.

They also have a semi-pro hockey team that has done well and draws surprisingly big crowds for a southern, semi-pro team.
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