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by George Malik on 04/16/12 at 04:38 PM ET
We know that the economy is starting to rebound, if only ever-so-slowly, in Michigan, and while the job market and municipal financial situations remain pretty damn bleak, MLive’s Michael Wayland reports that those who can save their pennies are helping the Red Wings return to a state of financial health so strong that it hearkens back to the heady “Mid Naughts”:
Eight hundred and twenty-four thousand seven-hundred and six equals the return of Hockeytown for Detroit. That number is the amount of hockey fans who entered Joe Louis Arena during the regular season this year, making it the first sellout season (41 games) since the 2006-07 season.
“It was a fantastic season,” said Rob Mattina, Red Wings vice president of marketing. “We had 69 consecutive sellouts (back to December 2010).”
That streak – now at 70 with Sunday’s 3-2 loss to the Nashville Predators –could continue as the team competes in its 21st straight playoff appearance. And while having red and white in the seats makes for an “electrifying” atmosphere at the Joe, they also help bring in the green in a recovering economy.
“There’s more competition nowadays for disposable income,” Mattina told MLive.com. “It’s not just other professional sports as the competition, it’s anywhere people would spend their disposable income—restaurants, movies, theaters, plays, symphonies, anything such as that.”
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