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NHL Attendance Flat Through March 16; Blackhawks Home Games At 108.4% Capacity

NHL teams are averaging 17,039 fans per game to date, flat compared to the same time period last year. The Blackhawks lead all clubs with 21,374 fans per game while packing United Center to 108.4% capacity. The Predators and Avalanche are seeing the best growth among Western Conference clubs (+8%), despite the fact that both clubs would miss the playoffs if the season ended today. The Stars and Blue Jackets are taking heavy hits at the gate, both seeing a double-digit percentage drop. Listed below is team-by-team attendance for the NHL Western Conference through March 16, with comparisons to the same period last year. See tomorrow's issue of THE DAILY for Eastern Conference figures (THE DAILY).

NHL WESTERN CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE THROUGH MARCH 16
HOME TEAM
GMS
TOTAL
AVG.
% CAP.
PREV.
% +/-
GMS ('09-10)
Blackhawks
36
769,460
21,374
108.4%
21,215
0.7%
36
Red Wings
34
666,430
19,601
97.7%
19,512
0.5%
34
Flames
37
713,693
19,289
100.0%
19,289
0.0%
36
Blues
36
689,400
19,150
100.0%
18,882
1.4%
34
Canucks
37
697,820
18,860
100.3%
18,810
0.3%
34
Wild
34
609,584
17,929
99.3%
18,377
-2.4%
35
Sharks
34
597,108
17,562
100.0%
17,558
0.0%
36
Stars
36
538,377
14,955
80.7%
17,186
-13.0%
34
Kings
33
596,375
18,072
99.7%
17,127
5.5%
33
Oilers
35
589,365
16,839
100.0%
16,839
0.0%
35
Blue Jackets
34
462,396
13,600
75.0%
15,226
-10.7%
35
Ducks
36
525,110
14,586
84.9%
15,065
-3.2%
34
Predators
32
511,217
15,976
93.4%
14,733
8.4%
33
Avalanche
35
522,247
14,921
82.9%
13,784
8.3%
34
Coyotes
34
403,392
11,864
69.3%
11,420
3.9%
37
W.C. TOTALS
523
8,891,974
17,002
93.1%
17,000
0.0%
520
NHL TOTALS
1,054
17,958,931
17,039
92.7%
16,986
0.3%
1,038
 

NOTES: Attendance figures for the European Premiere series games have been replaced with the team's home capacity. Attendance data based on totals posted immediately following games. Figures do not reflect any subsequent adjustments made by teams or the league.

 

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