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First Savannah Bananas' season nears conclusion

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It's been the hottest ticket in town this summer.

The Savannah Bananas baseball team's first year is almost over. This is the last week of the regular season.

You may be one of the people thinking, the season's over, didn't it just start. Yeah, less than two months ago. But this league is designed to be more compact, only 24 home games, making each game an event.

Owner Jesse Cole says year one has been beyond his wildest dreams. So far, the team has sold out 17 games at Grayson Stadium. There are a handful of tickets to Thursday night's game and the last game of the season is Saturday, which is already sold out.

The season started out with an adopted dog named Daisy and has blossomed into a record-setting year. The Bananas are about to set the single-season attendance record for the Coastal Plain League.

They should do that Thursday night. The old league record was set by a team, counting all their playoff games.

The Savannah Bananas are averaging around 3,500 fans per home game in 2016.

The key to success has been putting fans first. It's baseball but with a different look. The Bananas entertain their Grayson Stadium fans with baseball and a show. Each home game includes dancing with players, and a lot of fan participation.

And then word of mouth has spread, leading many fans to jump on the Savannah Banana boat.

"Most of our games have been selling out weeks in advance, now in 2017 a lot of our season tickets have been selling like crazy, so people can guarantee seats for next season. It's been unbelievable, my wife and I and the whole staff we are pinching ourselves, and we’re just so appreciative of this community,” said Cole.

Cole says they have learned a lot from this first season and plan to use those lessons as they get ready for next year.

They say they have made a commitment to Savannah and the city and its fans have responded.

The home regular season ends Saturday, but the Bananas are currently in first place. If that holds up, the Bananas could be hosting a few playoff games to would add to their league attendance record.

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