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SBD/May 12, 2011/Franchises
Bruins' Bandwagon Filling Up As Team Makes First Conference Finals Since '92
Published May 12, 2011
A SUCCESS IN NASHVILLE: In Nashville, Cooper & Mullen report the Predators averaged 16,100 fans this regular season, up from 14,900 in '09-10, and the 16 total sellouts this year -- 10 regular season, six postseason -- are "compared to four last season." Predators CEO Jeff Cogen said, "Generally speaking, I think it was a successful season." However, he added, "There are still 1,000 empty seats on average a game. So the mission is not accomplished" (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 5/12). The Predators were eliminated from the playoffs Monday, and in Nashville, Gail Kerr wrote the team's first-ever trip to the Western Conference Semifinals was "clearly worth it." Kerr: "No one who saw the crowds Monday night can doubt what the playoff run meant. ... What a time it has been for downtown Nashville. And what's good for downtown is good for the whole city." Nashville Mayor Karl Dean said, "You go out after a game, and the honky-tonks are full, the restaurants are full. It works. They've got a fan base here now" (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 5/11).