Phoenix Coyotes Already Last in the NHL in Attendance

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After just four games in this season, the average attendance for Phoenix Coyotes home games has already reached last in the National Hockey League.

That's the same Phoenix Coyotes team that lost in the Western Conference Final last year to the eventual Stanley Cup champions, the Los Angeles Kings.

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Hat-tip to the Phoenix Business Journal for pointing out that the attendance was already low, but here are the three crappiest things about this attendance thing:

  • The attendance average through four games this year (12,269) is almost 3,000 less than the next worst-attended team, the Winnipeg Jets.
  • It's just four games, but it's worse than last year's average attendance.
  • Through four home games, the 49,079 have gone to Jobing.com Arena to see the Coyotes play. The Chicago Blackhawks have had just two home games, which 43,062 people have attended.

Unless you've been watching on TV, here's the kind of stuff you've been missing -- the man who sold his soul to the Coyotes assaulting members of said Los Angeles Kings organization:



Admittedly, the team's sucked a bit early on, and goalie Mike Smith's been out with an injury. However, last night's 4-0 victory over the Nashville Predators shows you they can do some exciting stuff.

One last point -- as has been the case for approximately forever, prospective owner Greg Jamison still hasn't completed the deal to buy the team. There's also a deadline for him to purchase it, and that deadline is Thursday. According to all the reports out there, though, it's expected to get done.

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vanni
vanni

Mr. Hendley, get your facts straight. Winnipeg's attendance stands at 99.9 percent capacity. Their arena holds 15.004 seats.

There is no comparison between fan attendance. The Coyotes would do far better attendance wise no matter where they would relocate in Canada.

jasonsfriesen
jasonsfriesen

This is my take on what's going on with Jamison and the NHL. Lets just say that as long as one person takes an interest in buying the team, than it helps to keep other rich men interested. For example: lets say you go to your local car dealership and are looking at a car, and you are interested, but you're humming and awing. Than the sales mans tells you that there is a person interested in that same car and he is coming today with the money. What kind of emotions potentially creep up on you? To the right sucker it would make you almost panic because if I don't buy this car now than I'll never get it, and it's in your price range. The way I see what is going on with Jamison is that he never had an interest in owning the team (and if he did he was going to use other peoples money and not his which keeps all the risk off of him). I see him as a tool for the NHL to draw buyers (from everywhere) to the buy the Phoenix Coyotes. It's like Bettman was the sales man, and Jamison was that fake buyer that was coming along to buy the Coyotes. Do many buyers want the Coyotes? yes, do any buyers want to keep them in Arizona? no, not one. I don't include Jamison as a buyer. I would have to say that rich people are rich for a reason because they are good with money, and if not one single rich guy would buy the Coyotes and keep them in Arizona than I believe that it is official to say that the NHL won't work in Arizona. It's inevitable that the team is moving, only a sucker would buy the team (from sales man Bettman) and agree to keep them in Arizona, and I don't see any rich suckers out there do you?

66rock
66rock topcommenter

Just a wild guess but this new owner (maybe) hasn't closed the deal because he has a big fish that he still hasn't hooked into the deal.  So, I'm guessing, when he gets a done deal, then we will read about a done deal here.  Why else would he keep saying he has the money and will do it, but is coming down to the 11th hour?  He's waiting on a money man to seal the deal.  So, it may or may not happen, we'll see.

ewave2613
ewave2613

It's because fans can't afford to drive clear on the other side of town through rush hour to watch a game 3-4 times a week. Don't blame the fans.. Blame the dumb asses who moved them to Glendale. Congrats Coyotes.. You limited your fan base to Glendale residents

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

The question is, after being jerked around by ownership and the players for the better part of half a season, why would anyone go back to paying for hockey and financially reward the NHL for the misery that it has heaped upon its fans for the past 6 months.  While its a fun sport to watch, why reward the owners for the bullshit that they pulled?  I just don't get it.

Oh, and @anon is right, Jobing.com arena maxs out at 17,125 so it couldn't even fit 43k fans over two games if it wanted to so that's a bit of a false comparison.

And besides, for people to even notice hockey they'd have to pull themselves away from that exciting, dynamic, super competitive highly succesful Sun's NBA team.  OK, not really.

anon
anon

Good reporting. NOT! Click home attendance percentage. Phoenix is number 30 at 71.6%. The Jets are sold out at number 21. Maxed at 15,004 which I don't get that it's at 99.9%.

jasonsfriesen
jasonsfriesen

@ewave2613 Excuse me! There are many people in Saskatchewan that have season tickets for the NHL, but yet Saskatchewan doesn't have an NHL team. Are you kidding me? people won't drive across town to watch an NHL game? People drive to different cities and different provinces to watch games on a regular basis. We here in Saskatoon wish we had an NHL team even two hours from our city. Believe me, the two hour drive would be annoying, but the stadium would be full of Saskatonian fans. It's a good thing because we have a stadium that's bigger than Winnipegs stadium, and our stadium may not be downtown, but it is in our city, so distance won't be a problem when Saskatoon gets an NHL team (WHEN),

um.crouc0
um.crouc0

@ewave2613 Then move the team.  Doesn't need to be out of the region but if it can't work in Glendale (and it can't work if they're pulling attendance of 8,500 or less to any games) it can't stay there.  The Islanders are moving to Brooklyn because they can't make it work where they are with their arena.  

bakedalaskan23
bakedalaskan23

@ewave2613  EXACTLY! I hate that drive (work in Chandler, live in Mesa), so for us it's a Saturday game etc, even the Season opener starting at 8pm on Sunday was too much basically a 90+ mile drive for us roundtrip

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@um.crouc0 Are you kidding, the City of Glendale is paying the new ownership $13million/year just to keep the team at Jobing.com - that's how badly Glendale needs the team to stay in that arena.

ewave2613
ewave2613

@bakedalaskan23 @ewave2613 I was a dedicated and loyal season ticket holder for 5 years when they were in Phoenix. They have to be smart enough to realize the average adult doesn't get off of work till 5-6 pm. And a majority of the games start at 6-7 pm. Do the math. And they are actually confused why they can't get asses in the seats. Even if it was free admission it is just mathematically impossible for fans to make the games except for west valley resident and the retired.

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