Opening night a success for Myslow, Titans.
TORRINGTON: The area near both Fuessenich Park and the Torrington Armory is always a busy one, especially when each has something going on.
On Thursday night, the parking lots from the two locations to the plaza across from Coe Park were packed with cars but where were all the patrons?
Many a night, you could walk into Fuessenich expecting a crowd packing the stands but it would be a large crowd at the Armory supporting the tremendous programs the Torrington Park and Recreation have to offer.
Well, the winner of where are all the fans contest clearly went to the Torrington Titans who had their best opening night crowd in more than a decade on a cool, late spring night.
It’s been a good long while since the big ballpark was almost full. Now granted, a large ticket giveaway over the last couple of weeks helped but in order to keep them in the park, you have to get them in the park so consider Thursday night a rousing success for first year General Manager Chris Myslow.
Since the day he arrived in Torrington earlier this year, the Simsbury native has been working long and hard at changing the image of the Future Collegiate Baseball League team in a city that has been supporting summer college baseball since the days of the Torrington Twisters, who came to town in 1997.
On Thursday night, that had worked paid off with an announced attendance of 1472, a huge increase over previous openers and a large number of those who filled the seats were kids, one of the missing ingredients over the past few years.
Myslow has been very receptive to ideas from the folks who have been around summer baseball since it arrived and made two key changes right off the bat.
First, he allowed kids under 10 in for free. A home run. With the cost of everything tougher for families to manage these days, not having to fork over $25 dollars for a family of four should give the team a chance to see that family more than just a few times a season.
Often the Titans have a two or three game home stand with one or two well attended but not all.
Making it less expensive to get in to see the game was the way to go and a smart decision by the new head man.
In 2015, a reserved admission ticket will cost $8 dollars, fans get to sit in the blue seats behind home plate and down the third base line.
A general admission tickets costs $6 dollars for a seat in the vast bleacher section.
Kids between the ages of 10-18 cost just $4 dollars for general admission entry.
Part two of the changes took place in the concession stand where three students from Oliver Wolcott Tech in Torrington are going to run the snack bar.
On Thursday night, the line was long for most of the game but few complaints were heard in the stands.
Myslow has already put a plan in place to help move the customers along at a faster pace with the addition of Kiosks.
Berkshire Pizza is now featured at Titans game and night one was a rousing success for the local restaurant with 18 pizzas making their way to the ball park.
Only one thing went wrong on Thursday night, the home team didn’t get the win, falling 9-6 to the Pittsfield Sun but they get another shot at their rival from just north of the CT border when they travel today to face the Sun at 7 p.m.
Torrington returns home to face the Brockton Rox on Saturday night at 7 p.m.