More on the attendance issue

19Jan07

Several readers requested a different version of the table in the last post, this time with attendance numbers instead of percentage capacity, so here you go courtesy of Excel!
The logic in the last post of using percentage capacity vs. attendance numbers is that some arenas, like Anaheim and San Jose, only hold about 17,000 whereas Montreal and Tampa can do over 20,000. If a team is selling out but the arena can’t hold as much, then it may come across like the team isn’t doing as well. Buffalo Sabres fans can tell you how hard it is to get a ticket even though their arena isn’t the largest in the league.


By the way, I don’t want anyone to think that I’m actually advocating for movement. I think franchise instability puts the league in a really bad light. However, the numbers don’t lie — if you win consistently, you should be able to draw pretty good crowds wherever you are. Preds fans, don’t feel picked on — I’ve hammered the Devils about this several times on my blog over the past few years, but I am going to hold my judgments until they move into the new arena.

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2 Responses to “More on the attendance issue”

  1. 1 Anonymous

    The problem with the Devils after the lockout was they knew they were moving to Newark…at that point the team kind of became a lameduck. CAA is one of the worst and oldest arenas..probably too big honestly for its own good. Though moving into a new arena won’t mean sellouts all the time, at least they will have their own identity and not feel like they have to share it quite so much. Good blog btw.

    stevens@thenhlarena.com

  2. 2 Anonymous

    The Islanders drop off has a lot to do with ticket prices along with performance. The Isles attendance came back incredibly strong with 3 straight playoff appearances from 02-04, but Wang also jacked up prices during that time. 3 1st round exits later, fans started to lose interest and certainly did not want to pay $95 for an upper level seat. I think this is a league wide contributer to attendance woes. The ticket prices are just too high for the average fan.


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