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Even Strength: NHL Regular-Season Attendance Flat Compared To '09-10

NHL teams averaged 17,132 fans per game during the '10-11 regular season, flat compared to last season. The Blackhawks led all teams in home attendance for the third straight season, with games at United Center packed to 108.7% capacity. The Lightning saw the biggest jump at the gate, up 11.4% at St. Pete Times Forum. Three teams saw a double-digit percentage drop at the gate -- the Blue Jackets (-10.7%), Stars (-12.4%) and Islanders (-13.2%). During their first season at Consol Energy Center, the Penguins saw a 6.8% increase in attendance. Listed below is regular-season attendance for each NHL club. See tomorrow's issue of THE DAILY for each team's road attendance figures (THE DAILY).

'10-11 NHL REGULAR-SEASON ATTENDANCE
HOME TEAM
GMS
TOTAL
AVG.
% CAP.
PREV.
% +/-
GMS ('09-10)
Blackhawks
41
878,356
21,423
108.7%
21,317
0.5%
41
Canadiens
41
872,193
21,273
100.0%
21,273
0.0%
41
Flyers
41
808,328
19,715
100.9%
19,536
0.9%
41
Red Wings
41
806,892
19,680
98.1%
19,559
0.6%
41
Maple Leafs
41
793,522
19,354
102.8%
19,261
0.5%
41
Flames
41
790,849
19,289
100.0%
19,289
0.0%
41
Blues
41
785,150
19,150
100.0%
18,890
1.4%
41
Canucks
41
773,260
18,860
100.3%
18,810
0.3%
41
Sabres
41
756,568
18,453
98.7%
18,529
-0.4%
41
Capitals
41
754,309
18,398
100.0%
18,277
0.7%
41
Senators
41
753,525
18,379
96.0%
18,270
0.6%
41
Penguins
41
747,715
18,237
100.8%
17,078
6.8%
41
Rangers
41
742,432
18,108
99.5%
18,076
0.2%
41
Kings
41
741,404
18,083
99.8%
17,313
4.4%
41
Wild
41
738,572
18,014
99.7%
18,416
-2.2%
41
Bruins
41
720,165
17,565
100.0%
17,393
1.0%
41
Sharks
41
720,042
17,562
100.0%
17,559
0.0%
41
Lightning
41
708,022
17,269
87.4%
15,497
11.4%
41
Oilers
41
690,399
16,839
100.0%
16,839
0.0%
41
Hurricanes
41
675,291
16,471
88.2%
15,241
8.1%
41
Predators
41
661,861
16,143
94.3%
14,979
7.8%
41
Panthers
41
643,116
15,686
92.1%
15,247
2.9%
41
Stars
41
617,997
15,073
81.3%
17,215
-12.4%
41
Avalanche
41
607,650
14,821
82.3%
13,948
6.3%
41
Devils
41
605,803
14,776
83.8%
15,536
-4.9%
41
Ducks
41
604,283
14,739
85.8%
15,168
-2.8%
41
Blue Jackets
41
564,494
13,768
75.9%
15,417
-10.7%
41
Thrashers
41
552,230
13,469
72.6%
13,607
-1.0%
41
Coyotes
41
504,668
12,309
71.9%
11,989
2.7%
41
Islanders
41
453,456
11,060
68.1%
12,736
-13.2%
41
TOTALS
1,230
21,072,552
17,132
93.2%
17,075
0.3%
1,230
               

NOTES: Attendance figures for the NHL European Premiere series games, which included home contests for the Wild, Hurricanes, Blue Jackets, Bruins, Sharks and Coyotes, have been replaced with the respective teams' home capacity. All NHL attendance data is based on totals posted immediately following games. Figures do not reflect any subsequent adjustments made by teams or the league.

PREDATORY NATURE: In Nashville, Annie Johnson noted the Predators “averaged more than 16,000 fans this season as opposed to just under 15,000 last season” at Bridgestone Arena. The team also had “four times as many sellouts this year" than last season, when the team recorded four sellouts. Team officials hope to use the team’s playoff run “as a way of increasing the pool of likely fans and selling the ownership experience to potential investors.” In addition to “the improving attendance figures, the franchise recently announced a major partnership with AT&T” (BIZJOURNALS.com, 4/11).

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