Nobody Wants To Watch The Florida Panthers Play (Photos)


The Florida Panthers home game attendance has been embarrassingly bad so far this season. After selling just 11,419 tickets for their home opener, the Panthers sold a pitiful 7,311 tickets – the lowest amount in franchise history – to their second home game. Keep in mind those numbers are for paid attendance, which is almost always significantly higher than a game’s actual attendance.

The crowd on hand at the BB&T Center on Monday looked more like a crowd for a local tee ball game than anything else. Seriously, it was that bad. Check out this picture, courtesy of Bruce Garrioch, of the arena during pregame warm-ups:

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Pretty sad, huh? The crowd hardly filled in as the game got started. Look at this picture from Gord Miller of the stands after the first period. It’s no better:

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The Panthers’ paltry attendance figures will only add fuel to talks of the team’s relocation. The NHL has considered relocating the team for a few years now to a more hockey-friendly (see: northern) city. Seattle often comes up in conversations. With local fan support dwindling to near non-existent levels, the franchise may be on the move sooner rather than later. 

Sources: Bruce Garrioch, Gord Miller


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