Sunday, October 29, 2006

Attendance woes in Dallas

It's not just the Blackhawks having trouble drawing fans this season:
Never play on Monday night in Dallas. Just ask the Stars, who had an announced crowd of 16,639 last week against Vancouver. They were going head-to-head against the Cowboys, who were hosting the Giants in nearby Irving. The actual crowd for the Stars was about half the figure, according to reports.


At 11:56 p.m., October 29, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So who's the genius at NHL head office who approved that scheduling gem? Doh! Of course the Cowboys are going to rule the roost on a Monday night - what were they thinking? So many of the NHL's wounds are of the self-inflicted variety...

At 2:13 a.m., October 30, 2006, Blogger Ames said...

The Stars asked the league to change the date, but the league didn't think it was fair to the Canucks (who were in the middle of a big road trip & would have had to play back-to-back). Just monumentally stupid to schedule that in the first place.

BTW, the Stars definitely know the issue, they asked the league to give them an extremely road-heavy fall schedule while the Cowboys are still playing. They'll get a lot more home games in the spring.

At 7:43 a.m., October 30, 2006, Blogger sacamano said...

It always amuses me to see people rip on the league for their "monumental stupidity" in scheduling. As if the NHL schedulers can simply pick and choose any date on a calendar and make it work.

Can you imagine the monumental difficulties in scheduling an entire NHL season into arenas that are used for numerous other concerts, sporting events, conventions, all the while trying to preserve some sort of reasonable travel schedule for teams (order of games, distances travelled, back-to-back nights, duration of trips, etc.) -- nevermind taking into account the scheduling of other sports?

Even with their big computer program, it must be a nightmare.

At 3:38 p.m., October 30, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a Stars partial season ticket holder, I have to ask, is this really newsworthy? You're citing one of the few games of the year that would be overlapped by a Cowboys game and that's the only example of "attendance woes?" Most Cowboys games are Sunday during the day, and the NHL typically schedules only one or two games on Sundays, and only rarely is it the Stars anyway. As much as I love the NHL, the NFL is obviously much more popular in the US. I'd be surprised if any major US city that has a football and hockey team would have a strong turnout to a hockey game in which a football game is going on a few miles away. I understand the point you're making, but please, equating the Stars to the Blackhawks for attendance figures?!

At 3:45 p.m., October 30, 2006, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Point taken Justin — but when I heard so few people turned out for a game in Dallas, a market that traditionally draws well, that surprised me. And if it surprises me, it's newsworthy, regardless of the mitigating factors.

At 7:58 p.m., November 01, 2006, Anonymous Peter Ahola said...

This goes beyond attendance. This has to do with being "above the fold" in the next day's paper and being the lead story on that night's local sports report. Or even getting a blip on Sportscenter.

This is about exposure too.


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