Monday, March 2, 2009
2009 NHL Average Attendance by Month: Part II
The MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
As part I came only five days ago, this will be just a quick update. February was the NHL's best month in terms of average attendance thus far this season, and just nearly missed being the best month in terms of capacity attendance. Take a look at the now update chart (click to enlarge):
December still reigns as king in terms of total spectators, but it is a good sign that the early second half numbers are on the upswing. I will make my prediction now and say that March will be an even bigger month in terms of attendance, as I don't think we have peaked yet.
February was the second best month in terms of capacity, take a look (click to enlarge):
If the average attendance goes up, as I think it will, capacity should as well, but I think we may have reached our peak here at 94-95%. Nothing to sneeze at though, and if the league can stay in the 94% area for the average capacity, (remember, it is a ballpark figure as I used the shortcut method; see part I for more of an explanation if you missed it) I think this season would be a big success.
Just a heads up for whats on tap tomorrow. The final (or is it?) part of the Playing Below Capacity series, featuring the Atlanta Thrashers, will be published around noon tomorrow. Along with this, I will update the Division Month attendance figures in a post later on in the day. As for tonight, this will be it.