The Explorers moved in 1996 to a more stable environment… Springfield Illinois' Lanphier Park. There they became the Capitals and grew remarkably well as a franchise. In their first season in Springfield the new "Capitals" saw a jump in attendance from 11,900 in Portsmouth to 47,000. In one season, they had not only beaten their total attendance of all 3 seasons, in just one season, but they beat it by 15,000! (Tim Perry's Frontier League pages).