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Your moment of not-zen: Jobing.Com Arena attendance tonight

Oct 21, 2010, 10:49 PM EDT

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Listen, we know the Phoenix Coyotes are having their problems finding an owner, and they’ve had their issues with getting fans in Glendale and Phoenix to fall in love with the team but sometimes you just need to take a look at things for what they are.

Tonight marks the Coyotes second home game of the year (at least one played in Arizona, they played one in Prague as the “home” team) and here are shots from inside Jobing.com Arena courtesy of the Arizona Republic’s Sarah McLellan.  The first one comes from 20 minutes before the puck was dropped for the Coyotes game against Los Angeles.

This second one comes during the second period of play just to show you we’re not being dishonest with you.

Again, I know the Coyotes have their issues and getting a solid owner in place to provide stability will help things out, but fans… You’ve got to at least act like you care a little bit. Helene Elliott of the LA Times tweeted her thoughts on the crowd to hammer the point home.

i have covered hockey for many years in many cities in many climates. i have never seen as small a crowd as in Jobing.com Arena tonite.

Coyotes fans get very sensitive about getting picked on about not caring and are very sensitive to talk about moving the team, but this does nothing to help keep the vultures away nor quiet the critics. Put up or shut up, Arizona.

UPDATE: Announced attendance at tonight’s game: 6,706. That’s the paid attendance, mind you. That doesn’t mean there were 6,706 people actually there and from the sounds of it, the actual attendance may have been closer to 5,000. Let the hawks commence circling once again.

  1. islandersfan - Oct 21, 2010 at 11:49 PM

    This is why the NHL’s efforts to save face for ever moving a team here in the first place are so wasted … I guarantee bigger crowds in Winnipeg, Quebec, Hartford or Portland when four of the “Sun Belt” Teams move to those locations and Phoenix will be the first to go.

  2. forbeshockey - Oct 22, 2010 at 12:00 AM

    Fuck, I’m pretty sure the Moose Jaw Warriors in Saskatchewan could put more butts in the seats in the Old Civic Centre

  3. cshearing - Oct 22, 2010 at 9:26 AM

    Just pack it up already, and move them back to Winnipeg. This is a pathetic display, and should make the NHL ashamed.

  4. flyerscup2010 - Oct 22, 2010 at 11:08 AM

    this is a shame. i really want to see the coyotes figure their shit out and succeed in phoenix, but this just doesn’t help their cause.

  5. cd36 - Oct 22, 2010 at 2:07 PM

    When Winnipeg was about to lose their team, Winnipeggers did what they could to save the team, including holding socials and other means of trying to raise support for the team. Ultimately the fans efforts help keep the team in Winnipeg for another year. The fans were there in Winnipeg, and they showed their support when their team was on the line. Arizona says they want the team, but it sure doesn’t look like it. I’m pretty sure our Manitoba Moose, and AHL team, has an average attendance higher than this.

  6. Islangers - Oct 23, 2010 at 1:18 AM

    Sorry to go off topic, but just a little.
    My comment falls into the ‘pot calling the kettle black’ category.
    As I watched the last game of the night on Center Ice last night, the Kings/Coyotes at Jobing, one of the commentators spoke about forward Andrew Ebbett’s minor league career, and that it took him through Binghamton, NY. I think it was the guy “behind the glass,” Todd Walsh (?), in a witty resposte, called Binghamton, NY a ‘real armpit.’ Really? The home team reporting team from this dismal hockey market has the nerve to call another city an armpit? I think the average attendance for the AHL’s Binghamton Senators probably comes close to the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes.
    I’m a New York downstater, but, like, you’re picking on my kid brother so I gotta say: It gets awfully windy in these glass houses, hot shot.

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