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UMLFan
03-13-2010, 09:56 AM
Is it spring break for every team in HE? I could be wrong, but I don't remember the attendances being this bad before (I'm sure someone will prove me wrong). Especially considering the teams hosting games this weekend.

Maine 3,000 exactly.
BC 2,888
UNH 3,712
BU 3,508

Unfortunately with the schedule the way it is, I don't think HE can do anything about this.

WarriorDJ
03-13-2010, 10:00 AM
That 3,508 number at BU last night was being very generous...it was more like 2,500 IMHO.

UMLFan
03-13-2010, 10:02 AM
That 3,508 number at BU last night was being very generous...it was more like 2,500 IMHO.
From what I heard from both BC and Lowell fans, the numbers in their respective games were also possibly a bit exaggerated.

Malts18
03-13-2010, 10:03 AM
UNH is on Spring Break.. no way they would have had 3500 fans otherwise. Just unfortunate that SB could not be NEXT week or the one after.

WildShawn
03-13-2010, 10:05 AM
UNH is on Spring Break.. no way they would have had 3500 fans otherwise. Just unfortunate that SB could not be NEXT week or the one after.

I don't think it would have been much more. Its not like the Students get that many tickets to begin with....

Attendance always sucks for the qf's, and UNH's has steadily declined from being much better than average to about average...

bcfan131
03-13-2010, 10:14 AM
Student sections were full at BC (our spring break was last week). Plus UMass brought a decent sized student section. Nobody else showed up. But I actually think the 2888 was lower than who was there...because they gave us a higher attendance number for the game vs. Merrimack on 2/23, and there was NO WAY that that game had more people than this one. I'm wondering if the short notice of knowing who plays at home has anything to do with why quarterfinal attendance is so low?

WildShawn
03-13-2010, 10:22 AM
I'm wondering if the short notice of knowing who plays at home has anything to do with why quarterfinal attendance is so low?

Doubtful. If people want to go, they go.
UNH and BC knew for weeks they'd have home games, the other schools didn't know for sure until last Fri/Sat...

bcfan131
03-13-2010, 10:32 AM
I'd be interested to see how our attendance would've done had we been paired up against BU. We always sell out against BU...but quarterfinal attendance is always horrible. Something would have to give.
I actually heard that quarterfinal games are not included on the season ticket package at BC as well (I know they aren't for students, anyway). Is this the case with other schools? I thought I saw BU fans saying those are included as part of their season ticket packages...
It is quite the enigma as to why the HE tournament is so sparcely attended, especially in the quarterfinal round. Even if a game is considered big enough to the fans while the students are on a break, it'll reach close to capacity (see BC-UNH attendance last week at BC, see BU-NU attendance at BU last week). Plus if I remember correctly, the HE Quarters vs. UNH was the only time I've ever seen BC advertise tickets for a road game...and we brought out a pretty healthy contingent of students to UNH.

WildShawn
03-13-2010, 10:39 AM
I'd be interested to see how our attendance would've done had we been paired up against BU. We always sell out against BU...but quarterfinal attendance is always horrible. Something would have to give.


2004 Quarterfinals attendance hosting BU (as the 1 seed)
3/11/2004: 3250
3/12/2004: 4706
3/13/2004: 4329

jdevoejr
03-13-2010, 10:42 AM
The BC students actually gave a good showing last night. I'm discouraged with the season tickets holders in the red seats, most of whom are alumni. I hesitate to call them fans. I believe that rather than just makeing these tickets available to season ticket holders, giving them the option to buy them, they should be part of the package. If you buy season tix and the team advances your account will be charged and tickets mailed to your home. Don't give them the option.

bcfan131
03-13-2010, 10:49 AM
Ah yes...that series...:(
Back then, my sister went to BC, and if I remember correctly, the quarterfinals used to be during the BC spring break...it's only been recently that they've been after spring break. I remember attending the infamous Pat Eaves/Joe Exter quarterfinal game, which was during BC's spring break in 2003. Regardless even if that game didn't have students and students were there, it wouldn't have sold out (unless BU fans were around to make the short trip as well and brought boatloads of their fans). Definitely something about the Hockey East Quarters, because any other BC-BU game at Conte would sell out, regardless of whether or not there was a student section.

joegrav
03-13-2010, 10:49 AM
I agree with your entire post jdevoejr. Especially for a program like BC or UNH which almost always are host teams - include these games in the ticket package.

I was very impressed with the BC student turnout last night, it was about three times bigger than I thought it would be. It actually surpassed an average regular season game if you count the decent chunk in the upper deck.

joegrav
03-13-2010, 10:53 AM
Another thing that probably hurts HE QF attendance for people who aren't fanatics like us and like to pick and choose their games - with the semis & finals at the Garden next week and regionals in two weeks, I've heard people say "I don't feel like driving in to BC for games we should probably win easily anyway."

I wonder if that attitude exists at some of the other schools, particularly ones who don't 'expect' to have bigger games. How did Northeastern draw at home for HE QFs last year? Has UMass ever hosted (I don't think so)?

mookie1995
03-13-2010, 10:56 AM
I agree with your entire post jdevoejr. Especially for a program like BC or UNH which almost always are host teams - include these games in the ticket package..

i have to pay for three playoff home games up front in july/august. if they are not played i have the option of either applying any balance to my next season's bill or donating the amount to FOH.

Rox22
03-13-2010, 10:58 AM
Has UMass ever hosted (I don't think so)?

2004 vs Lowell
3544
3884

2007 vs Maine
7119
8062

WildShawn
03-13-2010, 10:59 AM
Another thing that probably hurts HE QF attendance for people who aren't fanatics like us and like to pick and choose their games - with the semis & finals at the Garden next week and regionals in two weeks, I've heard people say "I don't feel like driving in to BC for games we should probably win easily anyway."

I wonder if that attitude exists at some of the other schools, particularly ones who don't 'expect' to have bigger games. How did Northeastern draw at home for HE QFs last year? Has UMass ever hosted (I don't think so)?

NU's attendance hovered around 4k last year, which isn't bad for them
3755, 4049, 3722

UMass hosted and swept Maine in 2007, a week after hosting and sweeping maine in the final regular season series... the attendance was awesome: 7119 and 8062....

joegrav
03-13-2010, 11:01 AM
2007 vs Maine
7119
8062

Well there you go. There's a 'perfect storm' example of a) a program that doesn't just expect to breeze through QFs and b) a very good opponent. Plus I'm assuming student weren't on spring break, since they make up such a huge percentage of the crowd at Mullins.

Additionally, Mullins' student ticketing policy is just "show up and bring your ID, and you're in," which can easily carry over to QFs.

unhpuckfan2001
03-13-2010, 11:01 AM
I agree with your entire post jdevoejr. Especially for a program like BC or UNH which almost always are host teams - include these games in the ticket package.

UNH does most of their Season Ticketing online. When you purchase your tickets at the beginning of the year, you have the option to purchase your possible quarterfinals tickets as part of the package. If you select this, there are three subsequent options, if UNH does not host: 1) Recieve a credit towards the cost of your season tickets for the following year 2) get a check in the mail, which usually takes 5-7 days 3) Donate the money to athletics scholarships (lol!).

If you opt to not purchase tickets before the season starts, you are able to purchase quarterfinals tickets at any point during the season. You must pay for all 3 possible games, and buy your entire normal block of seats. Once UNH clinches home ice, all remaining seats become available to the general public. This saves you from having to front for game 3, if you're like me, and very tight with your budget.

It's also worth mentioning that I think what UMaine did was brilliant; you want to fill the stands, sell the tickets for cheaper, especially in this economy. Maine was selling all quarterfinals tickets for $15, including to season ticket holders. I know many UNH fans that don't go to quarterfinals because $24 a ticket, especially with a concievable trip to Boston the following weekend, is just too much to handle all at once.

WeAreNDHockey
03-13-2010, 11:02 AM
But I actually think the 2888 was lower than who was there...because they gave us a higher attendance number for the game vs. Merrimack on 2/23, and there was NO WAY that that game had more people than this one.

In the history of the boxscore there probably has NEVER been an attendance figure given that reflects FEWER people than were actually there. The opposite is frequently true, especially when buildings are unexpectedly or embarrassingly empty. I would be willing to bet if they provided a figure of 2888 for the boxscore there is no way there were 2889 or more people in the building, including players, ushers, and mascots.

joegrav
03-13-2010, 11:03 AM
Yeah, dropping the price would be nice, they should also offer deals that make buying all three games a good deal. For BC students, they sold the tickets for $5 per game or $10 for the entire series. (Of course, we're thinking/hoping the series will only be two games anyway :)).