Carolina Hurricanes’ Low 2014-15 Attendance Not a Reason for Panic

March 14th, 2015 by Mark Jones Leave a reply »

Thursday night's game against the Dallas Stars featured a Carolina Hurricanes comeback that fell short and a startlingly spacious PNC Arena of empty seats.

On a weeknight against an unappealing Western Conference opponent, the time conflict with the NC State-Duke basketball matchup in the ACC Tournament proved the nail in the coffin. Re-sale tickets were available for less than 12 dollars on game day. Official attendance was announced at 10,025, but such a figure appeared quite exaggerated.

The Hurricanes rank 29th in the NHL with an average attendance of 12,306 (per ESPN), ahead of only Florida and almost 1,000 per game below Arizona. The Hurricanes have drawn over 11,000 just once in four games during their current homestand.

It's become common for the upper rows of some sections behind the goals to go rows without a single fan and for some upper-level sections to contain only a single family or two. The season's worth of sparse crowds and appalling attendance has sparked plenty of discussion on Twitter about the team's future in Raleigh:

But the franchise's ticket revenue has fallen far less tha ...

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