At least, according to the numbers.
The South Bend Silver Hawks announced Wednesday that the home attendance thus far for the 2012 season has already surpassed the entire 2011 campaign.
The Hawks, the Class A affiliate for the Arizona Diamondbacks, has draw 115,137 fans through its first 47 home games this season. The franchise drew a total of 112,795 for all 64 home games in 2011. South Bend is averaging 2,450 fans per home game this year as opposed to 1,762 per home date in 2011. The Hawks drew 6,065 fans on July 3, the largest home crowd since July 2005.
South Bend, which began playing at The Cove in 1988, drew a record 258,424 fans in 1994. The last time the team topped 200,000 was in 2005, when 208,590 attended home games.
New Hawks’ owner Andrew Berlin of Chicago and the city of South Bend spent about $4 million this past offseason in improvements to the stadium, including a Splash Pad, a new team story and a Kids Fun Zone.
The Hawks still have 23 more regular-season home games left in the 2012 season. They return to South Bend July 18-23 for a six-game home stand versus Burlington and Peoria.