Blizzard Blues for St. Louis
On Thursday night, the announced attendance for the Blues home game against the Nashville Predators was a stunning 5,410.The Blues are dead last in the NHL in attendance right now, averaging just more than 10,000 fans per game, so certainly there's cause for concern — especially since only three years ago, this was one of the league's rock solid markets. Still, given the situation, the 5,410 figure isn't an indication of anything more than a game that would have perhaps been better rescheduled.
This was the NHL in 2006, not an old figure dug up from the WHA's Los Angeles Sharks or the Detroit Red Wings of the early 1980s or the Kansas City Scouts of the 1970s.
"Hey, I was surprised that many made it," said Blues president John Davidson yesterday.
How could Davidson possibly say such a thing? Well, the untold story, at least for those living outside the U.S. Midwest, is that St. Louis was smack in the middle of a nasty ice storm on Thursday night, part of a major weather disturbance that stretched all the way from Texas to Michigan.
PS. I should have added that a lot of the Blues' ticket woes can be traced back to an ill-advised ticket price increase with the new ownership group coming in. Here's hoping they smarten up in Missouri and lower what they're charging to watch an, admittedly, rebuilding team.