June 15, 2010

NHL attendance dips by 2.5 per cent : Led by Phoenix Coyotes (down 2,886), average NHL team was down more than 400 fans per game during regular seasonThe majority of the NHL’s biggest attendance drops this season came in warm weather cities, with seven of the 10 “sunbelt” franchises among the 12 teams with a 1.6 per cent or more dip. The average sunbelt team had 15,371 fans per game this season, down an average of 5.2 per cent from 16,185 and well off the league average of 17,072.

posted by tommytrump to hockey at 04:21 PM - 7 comments

Hmmm...warm weather cities don't care about hockey? Who'd have guessed?

posted by TheQatarian at 08:47 PM on June 15

Who'd have guessed?

Apparently not Gary "Lets bring the Cup home to Mississippi" Bettman

posted by tahoemoj at 09:04 PM on June 15

Keep in mind that these are announced attendance totals only, and some underperforming teams have been known to inflate their numbers by as much as a couple thousand a game

Not sure how much this plays into the Star's numbers, but I know that I had more free tickets thrown my way this year than ever before. They were running a lot of promo's this year as well.

posted by dviking at 09:19 PM on June 15

Meanwhile, the Stanley Cup Finals scored their highest TV ratings since 1974.

posted by werty at 09:26 PM on June 15

Wonder how this compares to other sports' attendance - bad economy plus high ticket prices aren't really likely to produce improved attendance. And, yes, give the 'yotes back to Winnipeg.

posted by kokaku at 12:46 AM on June 16

I wish the Hurricanes would give away tickets, I can't afford them shits any more. Having a kid really drains the ol' money coffers, dontcha know.

posted by NoMich at 07:39 AM on June 16

And, yes, give the 'yotes back to Winnipeg

They'd be more viable in Winnipeg and have a stronger fan base. However Winnipeg could never be in the top 10 in NHL attendance.

Bettman gambled that placing teams in huge markets with less interest would pay off and lost.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:13 AM on June 16

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