from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,
Tuesday’s less-than-capacity crowd dragged down the Senators’ average for this season.
According to attendance figures published in the Senators’ game notes, through 12 homes games this season, the Senators have attracted 217,808 fans for an average of 18,151 fans a game.
The Senators averaged 19,081 for the entire season last year, meaning the Senators are down an average of 930 fans a game. It’s believed the NHL’s average ticket price is in the ballpark of $56 US, and it’s probably reasonable to assume the Senators’ is slightly more than that.
That would mean the dip is costing the Senators close to $56,000 a game. Projected over an entire season, that comes out to a loss in ticket revenue of $2.3 million US. The hit to the bottom line, of course, is much more than that since having almost 1,000 fewer fans at the rink means fewer cars parked, hot dogs eaten and beers consumed.