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The Impact Winning Has On Attendance


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http://msn.foxsports.com/nhl/story/1016092...ocate-Avalanche

Read that article, it talks about the trouble the Avs are having attendance wise right now after being one of the premiere franchises in the league, not only on the ice but in terms of fan support and I know there has been a lot of discussion around here about the importance of winning especially in markets that have NFL, MLB and NFL franchises to go with their NHL teams.

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Good article and the most common sense of it all is noted in this sentence...

At any given moment, whether there are six teams in the league, 12, 21 or 30, there will be perennial losers who struggle. There's only a handful of markets that can sustain long periods of failure and not be hurt financially.

If Phoenix was winning stanley cups, they would be, IMO, playing to full houses.I'm sure any market could put 20,000 people in an arena nightly under those conditions. True hockey markets are able to sustain SHORT periods of not so great success and still survive (which means you better not plunk a team in a non hockey environment unless you can guarantee a winner quickly or have tons of money to ride it out). Not many cities can claim the same success with LONG periods of failure. Even the Habs weren't selling out their building awhile back when they were icing nonplayoff teams.

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What about the Devils, they win, but they don't sell out??? No matter how many cups they win, they will always be in the shadow of the Rangers.

Well no one said winning = sell outs but you can bet that if the Devils were a last place team their attendance would be even worse then it is.

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Attendance woes continue for Avs. last night, the Avs played the flames for 1st place in the Northwest. 11,488 fans showed up for the game. It was family night as well with tickets averaging $25. (average attendance for the year 13,812)

Phoenix is sitting at 6th in the West and playing good hockey but the average attendance is 9826.

Atlanta has had attendance issues average 13,718 as well despite being in the playoff mix.

Islanders despite nabbing John Tavares in the draft are still have trouble getting fans out average attendance 12 591.

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Attendance woes continue for Avs. last night, the Avs played the flames for 1st place in the Northwest. 11,488 fans showed up for the game. It was family night as well with tickets averaging $25. (average attendance for the year 13,812)

Phoenix is sitting at 6th in the West and playing good hockey but the average attendance is 9826.

Atlanta has had attendance issues average 13,718 as well despite being in the playoff mix.

Islanders despite nabbing John Tavares in the draft are still have trouble getting fans out average attendance 12 591.

A hot start won't rebuild some of the bridges in some cities. Phoenix is on another level, hard to support a team when you have no idea whether or not they'll be in that city next year or the year after and anyway they're one of the brilliant organization's that built their arena in the middle of no where. Islanders need a new arena and Atlanta is a bad situation and in general it's a bad sports town, attendance wise anyway. Colorado really surprises me but there's a lot of competition in that city for the sports dollar and I guess the Avs have slide to the back page.

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Average Attendance: 2009 courtesy of the Sports network . com Dec 14/09

Avalanche 13 812

Blackhawks 20 072

Blue Jackets 14 717

Blues 18 375

Bruins 17 194

Canadiens 21 273*

Canucks 18 810*

Capitals 18 277*

Coyotes 9 826

Devils 15 078

Ducks 14 835

Flames 19 289*

Flyers 19 384

Hurricanes 14 411

Islanders 12 492

Kings 16 325

Lightning 14 404

Maple Leafs 19 241

Oilers 16 839*

Panthers 14 292

Penguins 16 977

Predators 13 657

Rangers 18 200*

Red Wings 18 816

Sabres 18 353

Senators 17 924

Sharks 17 533!

Stars 16 875

Thrashers 13 718

Wild 18 206

* - all home dates sold out

! - all but one home date sold out

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