Undercrowding in Chicago
With the city's beloved Blackhawks rocketing to the top of the NHL's preseason standings with a 7-1-0 record, then getting off to a solid 2-1-0 to start the year, it stands to reason more than a few Chicago sports fans are at least curious in seeing this mini-rebirth. Their team, after all, has been awful for a very, very long time.
Yet last night at the cavernous United Center, with the division-rival Nashville Predators in town, the game drew a piddly 8,008 fans — the fewest in the history of one of the most perennially empty rinks in the league. This in a building with a capacity of 20,500.
The UC already has a reputation as a dreadful place to watch a game, one where the old-time rink atmosphere has been as deadened as possible, and as any sports fan knows, it's always better to see a game in a packed house.
What it would be like to see a game in an empty one, I can't imagine.