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  • NHL Attendance Up From Last Season; Stars See Big Growth At American Airlines Center

    NHL teams are averaging 17,668 fans per game through March 5, up by about 2% compared to the same period last year and approximately 1% compared to the '11-12 season's final average. The Blackhawks continue to lead all clubs with 21,580 fans per game, packing United Center to 105% capacity and putting the team on pace for its fifth straight attendance title. The Stars lead all NHL clubs in gains at the gate, up 32% at American Airlines Center. The Blue Jackets and Blues are seeing the sharpest drops among Western Conference clubs, down 7% and 5%, respectively. Listed below is team-by-team attendance for the NHL Western Conference, with comparisons to both the same period last year and each club's final average last season (THE DAILY).

    NHL WESTERN CONFERENCE ATTENDANCE THROUGH MARCH 5
    HOME TEAM
    GMS
    AVG.
    %
    CAP.
    '11-12 THRU MARCH 5
    %
    +/-
    GMS
    '11-12
    FINAL
    %
    +/-
    Blackhawks
    11
    21,580
    105.3%
    21,518
    0.3%
    33
    21,534
    0.2%
    Red Wings
    14
    20,066
    100.0%
    20,066
    0.0%
    33
    20,066
    0.0%
    Flames
    12
    19,289
    100.0%
    19,289
    0.0%
    31
    19,289
    0.0%
    Canucks
    12
    18,985
    100.4%
    18,882
    0.5%
    30
    18,884
    0.5%
    Blues
    11
    17,741
    92.6%
    18,752
    -5.4%
    34
    18,810
    -5.7%
    Kings
    9
    18,191
    100.4%
    18,107
    0.5%
    34
    18,119
    0.4%
    Wild
    11
    18,522
    102.5%
    17,778
    4.2%
    31
    17,773
    4.2%
    Sharks
    11
    17,561
    100.0%
    17,562
    0.0%
    32
    17,562
    0.0%
    Oilers
    10
    16,839
    100.0%
    16,839
    0.0%
    33
    16,839
    0.0%
    Predators
    10
    17,134
    100.1%
    16,588
    3.3%
    33
    16,691
    2.7%
    Avalanche
    9
    14,964
    83.1%
    15,455
    -3.2%
    34
    15,499
    -3.4%
    Ducks
    9
    15,583
    90.7%
    14,586
    6.8%
    34
    14,843
    5.0%
    Blue Jackets
    12
    13,649
    75.2%
    14,691
    -7.1%
    32
    14,660
    -6.9%
    Stars
    10
    17,673
    95.4%
    13,429
    31.6%
    33
    14,227
    24.2%
    Coyotes
    13
    13,017
    76.0%
    12,119
    7.4%
    33
    12,421
    4.8%
    W.C. TOTALS
    164
    17,425
    94.9%
    17,022
    2.4%
    490
    17,022
    2.4%
    NHL TOTALS
    333
    17,668
    96.1%
    17,333
    1.9%
    983
    17,445
    1.3%
     

    NOTES: 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.

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