GRAND CHUTE - For the last time this year, it was time to play ball in Grand Chute. Friday night was the Timber Rattlers' final home game of the regular season and fans gathered to bid farewell to America's pastime.
The sun was shining Friday evening and there was a breeze in the air as fans poured into the Fox Cities Stadium. They were ready for root root root for the home team one last time.
"Here to cheer on our team and it's a nice day, so we're excited!" exclaimed Nicole Strozewski.
The team told FOX 11 the nice weather is nice to see now. The spring was not kind.
"We had 6 rain outs, basically, snow outs, in April," said team president Rob Zerjav.
But since April it's been smooth sailing. The Timber Rattlers avoided trouble with the August 7th tornadoes because they were out of town.
"We were without power here for three days. So I don't know what we would've done," said Zerjav.
While the weather did put a damper on the early season, the summer really heated things up for the T-Rats.
"August, especially, it's really helped get, basically, an attendance record for us from a per-game standpoint. And we really couldn't be happier with how the year turned out," said Zerjav.
Zerjav told us average attendance per game in April has been 3,700 people. That's up from the 3,500 in years past. He gives credit to the renovations finished in March.
The changes include additional seating, boxes and more concession stands and bathrooms.
"We love it! It's so nice. We actually sat in the new seats a couple days ago and they were really nice," said Strozewski.
"I like it. I mean, the upstairs restaurant part in nice. It's nice they serve beer past the 7th inning!" said Sam Melzer.
"To turn it around with fan support has just been incredible. It's kinda nice," said Zerjav.
And fans told us they're already looking forward to next season.
"Tailgaiting, being together with friends, family, and, of course, America's pastime!" said Jeni Hall.
The refurbished stadium will also be used for off-season events now. Zerjav said there are at least two weddings per weekend booked through the fall months.
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