The Princeton Rays have announced their 2009 schedule. Their first game will be under the lights at home at H.P. Hunnicutt Field on Tuesday, June 23rd versus the Burlington Royals. The Appalachian League season will run through a September 1st game at the Greeneville Astros.
The Appalachian League saw impressive gains in attendance last year. Of the 17 leagues under the umbrella of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, the Appalachian League showed the second best increase in attendance of all the leagues versus their respective 2007 figures. A total of 317,058 fans attended 314 Appalachian League regular season games in 2008, which represented a 9.9 percent increase over a 2007 season that saw the Appy draw 288,582 patrons in 282 openings. Only the Double-A Texas League, with an 11.2 percent attendance increase versus 2007, outperformed the Appalachian League.