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NHL EXHIBITION TURNSTILE TRACKER: WHO'S HOT IN THE SUN BELT?

     The following are attendance figures for NHL exhibitiongames held in cities generally regarded as prospects for NHLexpansion.  The figures are based on information from host clubsor the venues.  The NHL is not involved in the scheduling ormarketing of off-site pre-season games.  Other possible expansioncities include Portland and Minneapolis which will host regular-season games in Dec. and Jan.                                                    
CITY/VENUE
DATE
TEAMS
ATTENDANCE
% OF
CAPACITY
AVG
TIX$
SAN ANTONIO
Alamodome
9/27
Stars vs. Kings
14,342
71%
$31
DENVER
McNichols Arena
9/14
Sharks vs. Ducks
13,298
78%
$26
LAS VEGAS
Thomas & Mack Arena
9/24
Bruins vs.
Blackhawks
10,134
92%
$16
SACRAMENTO
Arco Arena
9/22
Rangers vs.
Sharks
9,167
65%
$30
PHOENIX
Vet's Memorial
9/24
Rangers vs.
Kings
8,851
64%
$28
LAS VEGAS
Thomas & Mack
9/23
Oilers vs.
Bruins
8,200
75%
$16
ATLANTA
Omni
9/24
Lightning vs.
IHL Knights
8,160
58%
$11
CHARLESTON, S.C.
No. Charelston Coliseum
9/24
Lightning vs. Sabres
7,939
76%
$13
OKLAHOMA CITY
Marriott Conv. Center
9/15
Blues vs. Stars
7,834
60%
$20
LAS VEGAS
Thomas & Mack
9/22
Oilers vs
Blackhawks
6,200
56%
$16
JACKSONVILLE
Jacks. Coliseum
9/22
Islanders vs. Panthers
6,131
75%
$13
CHARLOTTE
Independence Arena
9/20
Capitals vs.
Quebec
5,125
54%
$17