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NHL Attendance Down Overall, Sees Second-Half Recovery PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Matthew Coller   
Monday, 19 April 2010 15:35

SportsBusiness Daily reported that overall attendance in the NHL is down 2.2 percent from last season.  In December, Biz of Hockey looked at how attendance was doing and found that it was down almost 5 percent from where the league finished in '09.  The second half of the NHL season saw a sizable recovery possibly due to momentum gained from the Winter Classic, Olympics and playoff battles.  And, despite the overall drop for the league's worst draw the Phoenix Coyotes, the team finished 12.4 percent higher than its first-half percentage.  The Coyotes weren't the only team to see a second-half boost, the Nashville Predators finished 7 percent higher than they stood at mid-season while the Tampa Bay Lightning, Los Angeles Kings and Carolina Hurricanes finished with the overall numbers drawing just over 5 percent more fans than in the first half indicated.  Only two teams saw second-half losses, the New York Rangers and the Atlanta Thrashers, both teams finished under 1 percent less than they were at mid-season.

Overall, the league drew finished 2.24 percent higher at the end of the season than where it stood at mid-season.  Here's a look at the numbers, starting with the percentage of the stadium that was filled, through Dec. 2009 and where NHL teams' attendance finished the season (all numbers according to ESPN:

Team First Half Season End % chg First Half AVG. Season End AVG.
Blackhawks 105.1 108.3 3.2 20668 21356
Canadiens 100 100 0 21273 21273
Red Wings 95.3 97.4 2.1 19128 19546
Flyers 99.6 100.2 0.6 19413 19535
Maple Leafs 102.3 102.5 0.2 19224 19260
Flames 100 100 0 19289 19289
Senators 96.2 98.8 2.6 17790 18269
Canucks 102.1 102.1 0 18810 18810
Wild 100.7 101.9 1.2 18197 18415
Blues 97.7 98.6 0.9 18712 18883
Sabres 98.2 99.1 0.9 18360 18529
Rangers 100 99.3 -0.7 18200 18076
Capitals 100 100 0 18277 18277
Stars 91.6 92.9 1.3 16978 17215
Sharks 100.3 100.4 0.1 17553 17558
Bruins 97.9 99 1.1 17193 17388
Ducks 86.5 88.3 1.8 14848 15168
Penguins 100.6 100.7 0.1 17051 17078
Oilers 100 100 0 16839 16839
Hurricanes 76.3 81.4 5.1 14286 15240
Lightning 72.9 78.4 5.5 14403 15497
Kings 88.2 93.6 5.4 16325 17313
Devils 84.3 88.2 3.9 14854 15546
Panthers 74.6 78.7 4.1 14352 15146
Blue Jackets 80.7 85 4.3 14641 15416
Avalanche 76.1 77.5 1.4 13707 13947
Predators 80.2 87.5 7.3 13731 14979
Coyotes 56.1 68.5 12.4 9825 11989
Thrashers 73.7 73.4 -0.3 13667 13607
Islanders 75.5 78.1 2.6 12303 12735
Totals 90.42 92.66 2.24 16663.23 17072.63

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written by Billy Boy, April 20, 2010
The SE had a 79.5% average attendance. No wonder the Caps were able to wn so much, most of the teams they are playing on the road probably have as many Cap fans as their fans.
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