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Troubling attendance trend in Florida

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07:29 AM ET 01.02 | No matter how the Panthers slice it -- by average attendance or capacity percentage -- they have opened the season ranking near the bottom of the NHL in attendance this season. October and November are traditionally hard sells not only for the Panthers, but for a good number of NHL and NBA teams. "Having seven games in October hurt us; it's too much for us," [team president Michael Yormark] said of Florida's early season struggles. ... Yormark says the Panthers announced attendance is tickets sold and not necessarily fans in the seats. "We've had some no-show issues," Yormark said. Currently, Florida is playing to 76 percent of its capacity at the BB&T Center which holds 19,250. The Panthers have reduced official capacity by putting up tarps in the upper deck for select games.

Miami Herald

Tim Thomas, Icon Sports Tim Thomas, Icon Sports
January 2, 2014  08:44 AM ET

What's so troubling about consistency? We've grown used to the "empty seats" spectacle.

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January 2, 2014  09:37 AM ET

Just for the sake of accuracy, the Panthers play to 86% capacity and there are 5 teams that draw worse.

January 2, 2014  09:43 AM ET

The Panthers have reduced official capacity by putting up tarps in the upper deck for select games.


That's pathetic!

January 2, 2014  09:53 AM ET

Florida ranks 25 in the league in home attendance they average 14,658 people per game which figures out to 86% of capacity. They are just ahead of New Jersey which averages 14,431 people per game and this figures out to be 81% of capacity. They are also drawing better than Dallas, Columbus, Islanders and Phoenix.

Why are we singling out Florida for lousy attendance?

January 2, 2014  10:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Florida ranks 25 in the league in home attendance they average 14,658 people per game which figures out to 86% of capacity. They are just ahead of New Jersey which averages 14,431 people per game and this figures out to be 81% of capacity. They are also drawing better than Dallas, Columbus, Islanders and Phoenix.Why are we singling out Florida for lousy attendance?

See comment #3.

January 2, 2014  10:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Florida ranks 25 in the league in home attendance they average 14,658 people per game which figures out to 86% of capacity. They are just ahead of New Jersey which averages 14,431 people per game and this figures out to be 81% of capacity. They are also drawing better than Dallas, Columbus, Islanders and Phoenix.

Why are we singling out Florida for lousy attendance?

Maybe because they're the only ones using tarps? Once Lowe's gets in new stock the Panthers will start selling out. :-)

January 2, 2014  10:15 AM ET

And in other equally relevant "Facts", the Packers were having trouble selling all their tickets for this weekend's playoff game.

(wait, that sounded like I was defending a pro hockey team in South Florida).

January 2, 2014  10:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

What's so troubling about consistency? We've grown used to the "empty seats" spectacle.

Move them to Ann Arbor, where 105K froze watching an outdoor game.

January 2, 2014  10:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

See comment #3.

Just adding numbers to your statement Bishop.

January 2, 2014  10:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Maybe because they're the only ones using tarps? Once Lowe's gets in new stock the Panthers will start selling out. :-)

But still, in raw numbers they are beating 5 other teams. Not only that three of those teams are located in cold winter cities.

January 2, 2014  11:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Why are we singling out Florida for lousy attendance?

Because the Miami Herald doesn't cater to us neandrethals outside of sunny South Florida?

January 2, 2014  11:12 AM ET

There are lots of empty seats at the Joe too most games this season - they can't all be sold - so someone's taking a bath - maybe everyone was saving up for the Cl-****-ic. Pump out them pizzas.

January 2, 2014  12:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Just for the sake of accuracy, the Panthers play to 86% capacity and there are 5 teams that draw worse.

Wait till all the Canadian snowbirds start going home sometime in February.

January 2, 2014  12:42 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Wait till all the Canadian snowbirds start going home sometime in February.

Actually, a large portion of their attendance base are NY/NJ transplants.

January 2, 2014  01:22 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Wait till all the Canadian snowbirds start going home sometime in February.

Why is there a heat wave expected?

January 2, 2014  01:22 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Actually, a large portion of their attendance base are NY/NJ transplants.

BADA BING

January 2, 2014  02:26 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Florida ranks 25 in the league in home attendance they average 14,658 people per game which figures out to 86% of capacity. They are just ahead of New Jersey which averages 14,431 people per game and this figures out to be 81% of capacity. They are also drawing better than Dallas, Columbus, Islanders and Phoenix.Why are we singling out Florida for lousy attendance?

Dallas and Phoenix have good teams to watch which makes it more an issue then with the others.

January 2, 2014  02:26 PM ET

And if something is a certain way forever how is that something called a "trend' ?

 
January 2, 2014  03:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Why is there a heat wave expected?

No kidding LOL, they don't leave hre 'till much later.

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