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Avalanche’s NHL Record Sellout Streak Ends At 487 Games
Published October 17, 2006
|Avalanche Fall 326 Fans Short Of
Extending Record Sellout Streak
EARLY RETURNS: NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said that it was “too early to be concerned about attendance around the league, which seems to be lagging significantly in some markets.” Bettman: “It’s a little premature two to three weeks into the season to be writing attendance stories.” But in L.A., Chris Foster notes the Kings announced a five-year low attendance last Thursday, the same night the Blackhawks announced a crowd of 8,008. The Kings last season had “only one crowd below 17,000” and had “five capacity crowds” in nine October games. This season, the Kings “have had only one capacity crowd,” through their first five home games (L.A. TIMES, 10/17). In a separate piece, Foster reports 17,417 attended last night’s Red Wings-Kings game, “which was heavily underwritten” by Red Wings fans. While it was the second-largest crowd at Staples Center this season, “it was the first time the Kings have failed to sell out a game against the Red Wings since the arena opened” in ’99 (L.A. TIMES, 10/17).