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kdiff77
03-30-2013, 08:52 PM
Attendance in Manchester is 8357.

The early crowd in Providence had to be around 6-7000 (mostly Q fans). Union has a good contingent and I assume BC will fill the play up by game time.

chickod
03-30-2013, 09:40 PM
Give him a break. He's from Fitchburg.

Fitchburg used to be a thriving industrial city. Business and industry leaders in textiles, shoes, paper and engineering as well as arts. You probably didn't know (or didn't care) that the man who engineered and built the Hoosac Tunnel (you probably don't know what or where that is either) was from Fitchburg. Unfortunately, in the 60s and 70s the left-wingers decided to make it a welfare and drug town. When you create a magnet, everyone is attracted to it. So everyone flowed up the pipeline from New York to Bridgeport to New Haven to Hartford to Springfield and Holyoke to Worcester and Fitchburg to sell their drugs. It has suffered the same fate as every other Massachusetts mill town. The successful people have moved out to the burbs and what's left is inner city poverty and crime. What's a shame is that the politicians deliberately planned this (by advertising on billboards "Move to Fitchburg and Leominster" - and live on welfare). Funny that none of THEM live here, though. They all live in affluent towns. We will probably move away eventually, but declining property values make it difficult to sell without downsizing. My wife actually wanted to build in the suburbs but I thought it would be cheaper in the city, plus I'm 1.7 miles from commuter rail and .9 miles from the highway and is convenient to everything. But...she was right - I was stubborn, so I'm paying for it now. It's just a sad commentary that has been repeated over and over all across this country.

steakbomb
03-30-2013, 09:45 PM
For those who may know, is there a reason they can't use only 2 sites as opposed to 4?

ericredaxe
03-30-2013, 09:52 PM
For those who may know, is there a reason they can't use only 2 sites as opposed to 4?

Probably only because it would be a lot of games at each site with the 16 team format.

hockeyplayer1015
03-30-2013, 10:26 PM
Ken Schott (Union beat writer) just tweeted attendance in Providence is 6, 253.

Priceless
03-30-2013, 10:26 PM
Attendance at the Dunk: 6,253

MichFan
03-30-2013, 10:30 PM
There are a lot of who think returning to home rinks would be a step in the wrong direction. You want Quinnipiac hosting a regional? Do you even know that Quinnipiac could host a regional?

Point well taken; Quinny's rink holds only 3,084, which is less than is ideal. But I guarantee you that if the #1 seed hosted the regional, it would be sold out. And 3,084 would be more than attended in Toledo and Grand Rapids this weekend.

And sometimes Wisconsin would host and you'd sell out 15,000. That's a lot of money in the NCAA's pocket.



You have to remember that New England has a high population density. ALL of the "neutral" arenas around here Hartford, Providence, Springfield, Worcester, Boston, Manchester, Portland are STILL within one to two hours of EVERY school. It's not like that out West. It's ludicrous to be playing a regional where every school has to travel over 500 miles. People just aren't going to go.

I think that this is exactly right. The only place in the country that is crazy enough about college hockey that maybe a significant number of neutrals will turn out for a regional is Minnesota. Anywhere else, you need a local team, and that's hard to guarantee outside New England. (Well, if Michigan hosts a regional, as was the case in Grand Rapids this year, you have a guaranteed local team 22 years out of 23. :) ) But there have been far too many empty Midwest and West regionals in recent years, and that will never change with the distances.

In the end, more tickets sold means more money in the pockets of the NCAA. Maybe there are other political forces at play, but I suspect that sooner or later, the financial incentives will send the early rounds back to home ice.

Priceless
03-30-2013, 10:34 PM
Numbers so far

Manchester 8049, 8357
Providence 6253
Grand Rapids 2289, 1918
Toledo 2988

mookie1995
03-30-2013, 10:38 PM
Numbers so far

Manchester 8049, 8357
Providence 6253
Grand Rapids 2289, 1918
Toledo 2988

they should just have all the regionals in the east where the real fans are.

manchvegas, providence, worcester, & albany/bridgeport/springfield

The Rube
03-30-2013, 10:39 PM
they should just have all the regionals in the east where the real fans are.

manchvegas, providence, worcester, & albany/bridgeport/springfield

Not gonna bite. :p

brassbonanza
03-30-2013, 10:39 PM
Attendance at the Dunk: 6,253

Total sellout.

The Rube
03-30-2013, 10:40 PM
Numbers so far

Manchester 8049, 8357
Providence 6253
Grand Rapids 2289, 1918
Toledo 2988

So, the total attendance for all the regionals is about the same as one Final Five game. Huh. ;)

mookie1995
03-30-2013, 10:42 PM
So, the total attendance for all the regionals is about the same as one Final Five game. Huh. ;)

if this final 5 event is so great, why was the last one ever held last week :p

MichFan
03-30-2013, 10:43 PM
So, the total attendance for all the regionals is about the same as one Final Five game. Huh. ;)

Like the Frozen Four, with the Final Five, a large contingent of fans have their annual routine and can/do plan a year in advance. Obviously, you can't do that with a regional.

The Rube
03-30-2013, 10:44 PM
if this final 5 event is so great, why was the last one ever held last week :p

Because Barry Alvarez and PSU are dicks.

(and the WCHA F5 will continue next year, but it's not the SAME as before ;) )

Jesus of Suburbia
03-30-2013, 10:53 PM
Like the Frozen Four, with the Final Five, a large contingent of fans have their annual routine and can/do plan a year in advance. Obviously, you can't do that with a regional.
What is the attendance for the CCHA tournament.

J.D.
03-30-2013, 10:54 PM
BC has fans when they're not playing for the national championship or Beanpot? Are you sure?

This is a dumb comment. Check bc's home attendance numbers.

Anyway, much better attendance in providence than I expected. I would say 6,000+ but we'll see what the official number is.

hockeyplayer1015
03-30-2013, 10:56 PM
This is a dumb comment. Check bc's home attendance numbers.

Anyway, much better attendance in providence than I expected. I would say 6,000+ but we'll see what the official number is.

6,253. Already announced and posted twice here.

kdiff77
03-30-2013, 10:57 PM
This is a dumb comment. Check bc's home attendance numbers.

Anyway, much better attendance in providence than I expected. I would say 6,000+ but we'll see what the official number is.

Just teasing. You've gotta admit that when BC wins, the bandwagon is bursting at the seams. When they lose? Eh.

Jesus of Suburbia
03-30-2013, 10:57 PM
I have a feeling the Midwest regional next year will have low attendance.