Attendance troubles already in Nashville
As of Friday night, the Predators have hosted three games this season. And, so far, things aren't so rosy:
October 4 v. Colorado
Attendance: 16,363 (95.6% full)
October 6, 2007 v. Dallas
Attendance: 13,079 (76.4% full)
October 11 v. Phoenix
Attendance: 12,155 (71.0% full)
Yes, it's only been three games. But of the 25 NHL clubs that have had a home gate to this point, Nashville is in dead last in attendance, and ahead of only Chicago (and its cavernous United Center) in filled capacity.
And that only reflects the announced figures — not paid attendance, which was reported to be at 13,724 following the first two games. The Phoenix game likely had fewer than 11,000.
I've been called a lot of interesting names by my bloggin' pals in Tennessee ever since this story came out of the woodwork last spring, something I'm sure will continue, but all I'd really like to see is a full — or nearly so — house in Nashville every night.
Call me a dummy all you like, but awful attendance figures combined with a tumultuous ownership situation has, in the past, always led in one direction.
For the fans in Nashville, the ones who are out there supporting the team, here's hoping things turn around — quickly.