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LTsatch
03-17-2011, 12:42 AM
Alot of debate about how many fans may actually show up at the ECAC semi and finals in Atlantic City New Jersey. How about a little pool to keep attention on how bad this venue is for our conference. Here are the rules, guess the total attendance for each days sessions, as determined by the ECAC. Boardwalk Hall is said to hold 10,500 for hockey.

The winner wins the right to e-mail the ECAC Commissioner on behalf of the group. Remember, two games each session for two days.

My picks

Friday- 3,500

Saturday- 4,100

vicb
03-17-2011, 04:52 AM
Alot of debate about how many fans may actually show up at the ECAC semi and finals in Atlantic City New Jersey. How about a little pool to keep attention on how bad this venue is for our conference. Here are the rules, guess the total attendance for each days sessions, as determined by the ECAC. Boardwalk Hall is said to hold 10,500 for hockey.

The winner wins the right to e-mail the ECAC Commissioner on behalf of the group. Remember, two games each session for two days.

My picks

Friday- 3,500

Saturday- 4,100

Is this with or without the free tickets given to the hookers and their clients and drunks in AC??? :)

Friday: 5600
Saturday: If Cornell makes the finals 6500, if not 3200.

aweise
03-17-2011, 06:40 AM
Is this with or without the free tickets given to the hookers and their clients and drunks in AC??? :)

Friday: 5600
Saturday: If Cornell makes the finals 6500, if not 3200.

Is 5600 a combined total for both games? Even that number was good for Albany.

Friday: 4500
Saturday: 4000 (5000 if Cornell makes it)

UML
03-17-2011, 06:50 AM
Friday: 2960

Saturday: 3987

hockeyplayer1015
03-17-2011, 07:27 AM
Friday- 3250
Saturday-4400

FlagDUDE08
03-17-2011, 07:34 AM
Friday: 2150 (most of which will be Cornell)
Saturday: 2500

ajh258
03-17-2011, 07:59 AM
Friday: 3,000
Saturday: 2,000 (if Cornell doesn't beat Dartmouth) or 3,200 (if Cornell beats Dartmouth)

I really don't think there's going to be that many people there and I don't see that dramatic of an increase if we make it to the championship game. AC is just too far for most people.

rvd5star69
03-17-2011, 08:04 AM
friday 3300
sat 3800

goblue78
03-17-2011, 09:41 AM
My initial impression:
Friday: 10,500
Saturday: 10,500
But I'm including college hockey fans who would come if they happened to find themselves in AC that day and were given free tickets on the Boardwalk by desperate ECAC officials. Of course, most of them will come disguised as empty seats because they don't want their spouses catching them on TV.

A more realistic view;
Friday: 2637
Saturday: 2736

Vicb is right. I'm sure if you actually counted butts in seats the numbers will be dramatically lower than even this. I'd be surprised if the typical game had more than 2000, though that's probably around what the final game will have with the right matchup, ie a rematch of the 2009 final.


The grim view:
Friday: 350
Saturday: 350
4 teams times 20 players times 2 parents and, on average, two grandparents. Plus a few diehards.

LGR03
03-17-2011, 10:39 AM
I think what will help most is the draw from the Philly to DC area alums of the participating schools who feel that the tournament is more accessible than ever. It's way worse for me and I'm not going but it's way better for friends of mine who haven't been to the ECAC tournament since college because they live in the mid-atlantic. That said, Yale, Dartmouth, and Colgate don't exactly light the world on fire attendance wise.

Friday: 3850
Saturday: 5900 (with Cornell) or 2750 (without).

The Rube
03-17-2011, 10:46 AM
You know, GLM came out to the WCHA Final 5 last year, and was amazed and tried to relate to us the comparison to these eastern tourneys. I think I'm starting to sorta understand why.

4000? That's just....wow. Even with no WI or MN this year, and no UND today (they get a bye and play tomorrow night), I bet the Xcel gets 14-15K minimum for today's games. I guarantee the UND game will be a sellout (19K+), no matter who they play.

Is it population of the area? Is it the size/reputation of the conference?

Ralph Baer
03-17-2011, 12:05 PM
You know, GLM came out to the WCHA Final 5 last year, and was amazed and tried to relate to us the comparison to these eastern tourneys. I think I'm starting to sorta understand why.

4000? That's just....wow. Even with no WI or MN this year, and no UND today (they get a bye and play tomorrow night), I bet the Xcel gets 14-15K minimum for today's games. I guarantee the UND game will be a sellout (19K+), no matter who they play.

Is it population of the area? Is it the size/reputation of the conference?

The location of the event is a big factor. None of the schools are near AC, and traveling in the east, due to the population density, is much slower than in the west. Also as you said the ECAC schools are smaller than the western ones, with the exception of Cornell which has 13,500 according to USCHO.

drshoen
03-17-2011, 12:20 PM
I'll say 4,650 Friday and 5,100 Saturday; I'll guess that actual people in the seats will be 3,400 and 4,000

DisplacedCornellian
03-17-2011, 12:50 PM
I don't think the move to AC will have that big of an effect on attendance. I could be completely wrong, but I just don't see it making that big of a difference.

Friday - 4,500
Satuday - 6,500

Ralph Baer
03-17-2011, 12:57 PM
I don't think the move to AC will have that big of an effect on attendance. I could be completely wrong, but I just don't see it making that big of a difference.

Friday - 4,500
Satuday - 6,500

If RPI and Union made it, the attendance would be much greater in Albany. Since neither is there, it will make much less of a difference since Cornell fans travel well and the other three schools historically don't.

MarkEagleUSA
03-17-2011, 01:32 PM
My team's not there and I'm not a gambler but my daughter and I are attending. We went to the last one in Albany and now will be at the first one in AC. I'm curious to see how different this year will be.

Yeah, I'll be the only one wearing a Quinnipiac road blue sweater! :cool:

TimU
03-17-2011, 02:07 PM
Can I bid $1.00? :)

unofan
03-17-2011, 02:20 PM
You know, GLM came out to the WCHA Final 5 last year, and was amazed and tried to relate to us the comparison to these eastern tourneys. I think I'm starting to sorta understand why.

4000? That's just....wow. Even with no WI or MN this year, and no UND today (they get a bye and play tomorrow night), I bet the Xcel gets 14-15K minimum for today's games. I guarantee the UND game will be a sellout (19K+), no matter who they play.

Is it population of the area? Is it the size/reputation of the conference?

The Northeast is first and foremost a pro sports haven, everyone's a red sox or yankees fan, even in Maine and upstate New York. Additionally, though, there is the sheer number of colleges and universities within a compressed are make it that much more competitive for what college sports fans are there. Add in that none of the ECAC schools are your ginormous landgrant, and you have what you have.

aweise
03-17-2011, 02:24 PM
If RPI and Union made it, the attendance would be much greater in Albany. Since neither is there, it will make much less of a difference since Cornell fans travel well and the other three schools historically don't.

And we'd probably see something similar in Albany...but I'd bet more Colgate fans would be willing to drive the 3 hours to Albany compared to the almost 6 to AC. Clarkson and maybe SLU would be about the only other teams that would draw a good-sized crowd here.

It's been well over year since this was announced and I'm still scratching my head. :confused:

unh1982
03-17-2011, 03:14 PM
Friday- 3250
Saturday-4400

I say 220 Friday mostly family and girlfriends. .. Saturday if Cornell wins 3800