Jun 6, 2012, 5:15 PM EDT
Those who question official attendance numbers at certain NHL rinks should find this interesting.
From the Tampa Bay Times:
Lightning attendance took an appreciable jump this season.
Official average attendance (tickets sold and distributed) was 18,468, up 7 percent from 17,268 in 2010-11. But more notable, records from Hillsborough County, which owns the Tampa Bay Times Forum, show actual attendance (that is, the turnstile count) up 14 percent from an average 13,474 in 2010-11 to 15,364.
In other words, around 3,000 sold/distributed tickets per game went unused last season. Some might’ve belonged to season-ticket holders that didn’t go or didn’t/couldn’t give them away. Others could’ve been team giveaways that never got used.
Overall it’s good news though. Hopefully the Lightning can keep moving in the right direction off the ice. We’ll see if the team’s failure to make the playoffs one season after nearly making the Stanley Cup finals has any effect.
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- Bolts strike Stanley Cup Final berth thanks to Game 7 win over Rangers 63
- The Ducks got Kesler for a game like Saturday’s 31
- Duchene slams Russian players for storming off after Canada’s 2015 WHC win 54
- DeBoer predicts ‘big bounce-back’ in San Jose 13
- Sabres name Bylsma head coach 46
- Lundqvist on Game 7: ‘You’re definitely nervous, but it comes down to teamwork’ 18
- Report: Bylsma to Sabres being held up by compensation issue 56
- Stanley Cup Final to begin June 3 10
- Kesler on wearing down Chicago: ‘No human can withstand that many hits’ (77)
- From healthy scratch to hero: Vermette scores OT winner for Blackhawks (66)
- Bolts strike Stanley Cup Final berth thanks to Game 7 win over Rangers (63)
- Report: Bylsma to Sabres being held up by compensation issue (56)
- On Kreider, and trying ‘to turn the other cheek’ (54)