Red Wings fall short of sellout
The Globe and Mail's Tim Wharnsby is in Detroit for the first two games of the Red Wings' series, and he blogs today that the turnout for yesterday's opener was, in short, terrible:
...the sight of so many empty red seats at Joe Louis Arena in the Wings 4-1 victory against the Calgary Flames on Thursday evening was sad. Good old Bud Lynch, the Wings long-time public address announcer, declared the crowd for the series opener at 19,204, which is more than 800 fans from JLA’s 20,066-seat capacity.Detroit had an 11-year sellout streak heading into the game, but a huge hike in ticket prices (as reported by Behind the Jersey and others) really put off a ton of fans heading into the first-round series. Otherwise affordable upper-bowl tickets doubled in price for Round 1, and will triple for Round 3 and quadruple for the Stanley Cup finals.
If the no-shows were factored in, that attendance figure was likely 3,000 shy of a sellout. The prevailing theory is that Detroit’s hockey fans are sick and tired of being sucked in by strong performances in the regular season, only to be quickly let down in the playoffs.
I'm all for charging more as things move along, but for a season-ticket holders' $44-ticket to jump to more than $200 by the end of the postseason is ridiculous.
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