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Maybe it’s a late-arriving crowd in Florida?

Sep 16, 2013, 4:19 PM EDT

The Florida Panthers are hosting the Nashville Predators this afternoon in Sunrise, and this is what it looked like for the anthems:

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Picture via Erin Brown (Fox Sports Florida)

To be fair, this afternoon’s is the first of two games the Panthers and Predators will play today at the BB&T Center. The same two teams will square off again tonight at 7 p.m. But given all the jokes that are being made on Twitter and the fact the picture’s made its way to Deadspin, we figured we’d pass it along.

According to the official stats, the Panthers ranked 22nd in attendance last season, averaging 16,991 fans per game.

  1. ibieiniid - Sep 16, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    a possibility: I just looked at Ticketmaster’s calendar display for the Panthers. they don’t show 2 events on the same day. however, when I looked at it, it showed the early game and not the late game… so I guess I don’t know either…

  2. caniac4ever - Sep 16, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    Averaged 16,991 fans last year? Yeah right!

    • killerpgh - Sep 16, 2013 at 5:19 PM

      I remember reading a story about how they doctor their attendance numbers last year. I can’t say I’m remembering 100% correctly but it was something like they sell yearly tickets or something like that for the “fancy” club level seats between to the blue lines. Whoever buys that seat get that seat for every event that the arena holds – panther games, concerts, etc. Since the ticket is “sold” it counts towards the attendance number.

      • greatmiamisportsmind - Sep 16, 2013 at 9:36 PM

        Your talking about the ADT Club which would give you the same seat for every BB&T Center event. The catch is, you still need to purchase tickets for whatever event is held their. So, no, it doesn’t count towards tickets sold.

  3. jmcurran28 - Sep 16, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    In the words of Nelson Muntz, “HA HA!”

  4. ethanmacleod1685 - Sep 16, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    How embarrassing, get rid of that team!

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Sep 16, 2013 at 5:25 PM

      It makes the rest of the league look bad tho

    • nyrnashty - Sep 16, 2013 at 7:54 PM

      They average 99.7% capacity know what you’re talking about first!

  5. Jeff - Sep 16, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    That’s about how many show up for a Marlins game too.

  6. chiadam - Sep 16, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    Maybe everyone in Florida was at the Marlins game.

  7. ibieiniid - Sep 16, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    marlins in philly today

  8. canadianguest - Sep 16, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Hey Panthers fans, there are empty seats closer to the ice ya know…

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Sep 16, 2013 at 6:21 PM

      Haaaaa

  9. pizzaman77 - Sep 16, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    2pm on a monday…people work and retired people are probably late driving to the game because they go 30 mph slower than the speed limit

  10. nyrnashty - Sep 16, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    Jason is correct that Florida was 22nd in the league last year in attendance, but didn’t mention that their arena only holds 16,991. They were at 99.7% capacity, which obviously isn’t bad. Point at teams like CBJ, PHO and NYI if you want to look a attendance issues. Check the link out below. I think it’s one of the only useful ESPN hockey features.

    http://espn.go.com/nhl/attendance/_/year/2013

    • greatmiamisportsmind - Sep 16, 2013 at 9:39 PM

      No, 16,991 is the average attendance per game. BB&T Center holds 17,040 for hockey.

  11. steelers88 - Sep 16, 2013 at 8:56 PM

    Preseason game. I wouldn’t go either. But I do think the Panthers should go to Seattle.

  12. greatmiamisportsmind - Sep 16, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    Who the heck in their right minds would leave work or school to attend a meaningless preseason game? I haven’t checked to see who played, but I am guessing at least 3/4 of the players that played, are going back to juniors or will be playing in the AHL in a month.

  13. billsin20xx - Sep 16, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    I wonder did they charge the poor season ticket holders for one or two games today?

    • greatmiamisportsmind - Sep 16, 2013 at 9:40 PM

      one game, both games were packed together as one ticket.

  14. nothanksimdriving123 - Sep 16, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    On the bright side, I doubt there was any grumbling about long lines at the food stands or bathrooms!

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