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Wild Fans Returning To Xcel Energy Center

from Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune,

“Ticket sales over the past month have mirrored the team’s outstanding performance,” said Matt Majka, the Wild’s chief operating officer. “The building was jampacked for the Blackhawks game, and the games for the foreseeable future are looking much more healthy than the October games did. Having said that, our work is not done. As an organization, we’ll continue to work on earning the support of our fans.”

A full Xcel Energy Center used to be standard fare for Wild games. Beginning with its inaugural season, the team announced 370 consecutive regular-season sellouts. The streak became a source of organizational pride, highlighted by a special announcement during games.

The sellout streak ended early last season, and attendance has been hit or miss ever since. Wednesday’s game marked the third sellout this season. The team announced sellouts in 25 of its 40 home games last season (one game was played in Finland).

The Wild once ranked in the top half of the NHL in home attendance. The team is 17th so far this season, according to ESPN data. At its peak, the Wild sold more than 16,000 season tickets. The team wouldn’t confirm its current figure, but it is believed to be approximately 13,000.

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Primis's avatar

Some “State of Hockey”.

Posted by Primis on 12/17/11 at 12:47 PM ET

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Any American, and most Canadian, hockey markets that have teams that don’t have any success for a couple years will have attendance decline.  To think otherwise is just ignorant and really, 25/40 sellouts for that team last year is pretty good.

Posted by pens fan in baltimore on 12/17/11 at 03:10 PM ET

SK77's avatar

Some “State of Hockey”.

Posted by Primis on 12/17/11 at 09:47 AM ET


Almost every time I hit a Wings’ regular season game at the Joe I find myself saying, “some Hockeytown.”

Despite them usually being a great team to watch in person ... the barn is “sold out” with plenty of empty seats, a typically quiet disengaged crowd, and the crowning achievement last game was .... wait for it ... the frickin’ WAVE.

As for The Wild, it’s a lot easier to get people to come—win or lose—when your team isn’t boring to watch as a fan. Not saying that defensive systems don’t win games, but as a fan it’s not fun to drop that much money on tickets to watch a shutdown fest.

Posted by SK77 on 12/17/11 at 04:28 PM ET

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