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Coyotes enjoying increased attendance

Feb 28, 2013, 11:15 AM EDT

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We’re No. 29! We’re No. 29!

OK, so they might not be celebrating exactly like that in Phoenix, but 29th is better than 30th, which is where the Coyotes ranked last season in NHL attendance.

In 2013, after 10 games, Phoenix is averaging 13,142 fans through the gates of Arena, slightly more than the New York Islanders (13,109) and considerably more than the Coyotes averaged in 2011-12 (12,420).

Even better, people are actually paying for the tickets, Coyotes president Mike Nealy tells the Arizona Republic.

The Coyotes define their attendance as tickets sold and complimentary tickets, which are free tickets distributed by the team. In the past, complimentary tickets would range from 3,000 to 5,000 per game, Nealy said, but this season they’ve usually been only a couple hundred and definitely less than 1,000.

The season-ticket base is also the largest since 1999, Nealy said, and the renewal rate is 90 percent — the highest in franchise history.

“Our average ticket price paid is up,” Nealy said. “We didn’t raise prices, but people are either buying more expensive tickets or not doing as much discounting so it’s good both on the volume and the pricing.”

Local TV ratings are up as well, according to Fox Sports Arizona.

In a related story, the Coyotes are still owned by the NHL. (Though we hear through the grapevine that the league might be willing to sell.)

  1. thecheeman - Feb 28, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Suck it Quebec

    • misterchainbluelightning - Feb 28, 2013 at 12:08 PM

      The Nordique in an old building with some of the worst teams in NHL history averaged 14,500 per season during those years. So ya LOL at 13,142 (it’s still 2nd last in the NHL this year)

    • thailer35 - Feb 28, 2013 at 12:12 PM

      This comment is best read in the voice of Sean Connery in that SNL Jeopardy skit.

  2. comeonnowguys - Feb 28, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    Western Conference finalist. Twenty-ninth in attendance.

    Maybe if they win the Cup they can crack the Top 25!

  3. thailer35 - Feb 28, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Prepare yourself for the Phoenophobic invasion on this comment board!

    • comeonnowguys - Feb 28, 2013 at 12:57 PM

      More Phoenophobic than Phoneix is hockeyphobic?

  4. yotesfan61 - Feb 28, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    Haters can hate. Obviously I’m not stoked we are 29th. But am I happy the numbers are (somewhat) on the rise from past years? Absolutely.

    • valoisvipers - Feb 28, 2013 at 2:43 PM

      I agree yotesfan61 more fans going to see the Yotes is a good thing and I hope they can get an owner and help to stabilize the team. They have done really well when you consider their situation.

  5. axisofweasels - Feb 28, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    i keep hearing about teams that give out free tickets. does anyone know how to get these tickets?

  6. pavelfitzgerald - Feb 28, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    Cue the Phoenix fans talking about growth & how this proves they should stay.

  7. kingsforever - Feb 28, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    LOL “free tickets” none of the Canadian teams give away free tickets. and even if Phoenix is selling them its for 20 bucks and it comes with free hotdogs and a shirt. My Leaf tickets cost hundreds per seat per game….there’s no free tickets

  8. chanceoffleury1 - Mar 1, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    This reminds me of the days when you could get free Pens tickets for donating blood. A quick trip on your lunch break and you now suddenly had plans next Tuesday night at the igloo to watch Morozov, Kraft, and co. struggle up and down the ice for 2.5 hours against whomever. Those were the days, man, those were the days. Nowadays you have to give a little more than just a pint of your bodily fluids if you want to get through the doors. But, hey, I guess somebody has to finance those insurance payments they have on Sid and Geno’s heads.

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