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:
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:
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.