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Stars, Jackets among major-league teams with worst attendance drops

Nov 27, 2012, 2:49 PM EDT

Dallas Stars fan

Of the 10 major-league teams that saw the largest drop in attendance over the last 10 years, two of them were from the NHL, according to analysis by 24/7 Wall St.

The Dallas Stars (-23.2%) and Columbus Blue Jackets (-19.2%) rank fifth and 10th, respectively, in the rankings.

The Seattle Mariners (-51.4%) top the list, followed by three other MLB teams (Cleveland, Houston, and Arizona).

Not surprisingly, the common theme among all teams is losing.* The Stars have missed the playoffs the last four seasons, while the Blue Jackets have made the postseason just once since coming into the league in 2000.

Obviously, not every city is willing to support a perennial loser like Toronto supports the Maple Leafs.

That said, a team like Dallas, which has at least been competitive the past couple of seasons and made it all the way to the conference finals in 2008, might not have suffered such a precipitous drop in attendance in a more traditional NHL market.

* The Mariners, Astros and Diamondbacks also moved into new stadiums in the last 15 years, and a new stadium is only a novelty for so long.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Nov 27, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    Look for NHL teams to grab a few more spots on this list if the current state of things continues.

    • trick9 - Nov 27, 2012 at 4:01 PM

      Replace the ”if” with as.

  2. matt8204 - Nov 27, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    I guess the goodwill from a run of success (a Cup in ’99 and a Finals appearance in 2000) only lasts for so long.

  3. thailer35 - Nov 27, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    The fact that the DBacks were on this list tells you exactly what you all need to know when you talk about the Coyotes. Phoenix fans want production. The Coyotes didn’t have that for a while (thank you Gretzky and co.), but at the end of last season, people in Phoenix were pumped! It’s not that hockey can’t survive in the desert. It’s that the people of Phoenix want winning teams. Of course, as I have said before, the momentum from last seasons success has faded thanks to this lockout and it’s mother Gary.

    • sharksfanatic - Nov 27, 2012 at 5:10 PM

      Coyotes still had the worst attendance in the league averaging about 12.500 per game(about 70%). Look for that to go down to under 10,000.
      Fact is Phoenix is not a strong sports town.

      • id4joey - Nov 27, 2012 at 5:44 PM

        And loosing approx. $25 million per year. Ouch! Can you say “move to Quebec”?

      • thailer35 - Nov 27, 2012 at 6:28 PM

        I’m sorry, Phoenix is not a strong sports town? Ever been to a Cardinals game? Ever heard of the Suns? Remember the 2001 World Series?

        You’re right though, we do sure hate our sports here in the Valley of the Sun!

  4. thedavesiknowiknow - Nov 27, 2012 at 7:25 PM

  5. jacketspeanutgallery - Nov 27, 2012 at 9:25 PM


    Looking at the statistics with a 10-year window is an incredibly long stretch of time to make informed decisions. Perhaps, a better analysis would have included a 5-year window and 2-year window to make it relevant to more current trending. The problem with reaching back 10 years is that it gives you dated and historical information that could be skewed with front-heavy data spikes.

    Doktor Z

  6. sharksfanatic - Nov 28, 2012 at 2:43 AM

    DBacks:19th out of 30 teams (55%)
    Suns 21st out of 30 teams(85%)
    Cardinals 27th out of 32 teams
    Coyotes:30th out of 30 teams(72%)
    Phoenix is the 6th largest city in the US.
    I rest my case!

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