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The reported attendance per chstats was 13051. That seems about 3-4000 too high.
Those are obviously sold and unused tickets (as usual, Iíll point out that there is very little incentive for the hosts to overreport attendance figures). Perhaps a symptom of fans from blue blood schools that didnít book a trip when they missed the tourney? Iíd blame the prices, but the prices have been insane for years.
The Buffalo News reported a few days ago that tickets for the 2003 FF sold out a year ahead of time.
That clearly didn't happen this time around. I was there tonight and had a GREAT time watching two terrific games in a pretty nice facility... but the turnout was very poor and not what I would have envisioned for my first Frozen Four. I doubt there was even 10,000 in there. Maybe 9K. I've been to regular season games at Union, Cornell and RPI with a better atmosphere.
What went wrong? Ticket prices were higher than ever, I think. Our all-session passes were $300 each for the lower level. The four teams that did make it may not have been optimal for attendance purposes but there's way of controlling that. And though we drove in, I've heard a lot of complaints about the Buffalo Airport. I can't speak to how well the event was (or was not) marketed in the Buffalo area. Maybe all those were factors.
I could see Saturday's crowd being worse with Providence knocked out of it. Outside of UMass, they might have had the best turnout.
Unfortunately, I would be surprised Buffalo will be getting another Frozen Four after this. All those empty seats is a bad look on TV for the NCAA.
It *should* feel like a UMass home game tomorrow. They haven't been good in any major sport for quite some time and now have a chance to win it all. With that said, probably going to be a lot of empty seats. Hopefully Buffalo was just a bad choice and this isn't the norm going forward.
Then again, it might just be a bad site, I don't know. But it's not like there aren't good bars and restaurants around town. And there's plenty to do and see around here. Toronto is just a two-hour drive away. Hockey hall of fame and the Blue Jays. It's too bad the Bison were out of town. Catching a AAA game there looks like it would have been fun.
Buffalo might be a great "host" but as a neutral, I had no plans of ever making a trip out of it. If we're talking Nashville, Vegas...that gets my wife interested and I am more likely to make a trip out of it. With the closest team still being a 6 hour drive, that obviously didn't help either.
But if you're saying that local fan interest in Buffalo was down because of pricing, alright that's definitely something to look at. But that goes back to someone with a calculator determining that what they made on ticket sales is more than what they would make if they lowered prices and had a better atmosphere.
Add in the cost of the tickets and how we got really bad seats in the biggest NHL rink in the country- pass.
It's interesting to see so few people there, as in 2003, we only bought Championship game tickets, and still went after our team got beat in the Semi.
Still, seat availability in Chicago left a very, very bad taste in our mouth. Costs need to come down a LOT for us to re-consider after that.
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