Attendance numbers since 2005 (opening a can of worms here)

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Attendance numbers since 2005 (opening a can of worms here)

Post by keithLGA » Fri Nov 01, 2019 11:24 am

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Post by adsfan » Sat Nov 02, 2019 8:24 am

Impressive article Keith! Your numbers are similar to those for Milwaukee, but Rochester has better attendance. Milwaukee's attendance is affected a little by the Brewers, with more by the Bucks and Badgers basketball games, plus Badger football on Saturdays. The number one influence on Admirals attendance is the Packers, who played games in Milwaukee through 1994. Many thousands of people from Milwaukee still drive the 2 hours to Green Bay for games. Two games (home games 2 and 5) are designated for Milwaukee STH fans. They usually fall in September and early November respectively, but the streets in Wisconsin empty out during Packers games.

Milwaukee has really low attendance on Mondays and Tuesdays (and some Thursdays). The Admirals get mostly season ticket holders, so the attendance is usually 2200 - 2500. Last Tuesday it was 2024 versus Texas. Wednesdays draw more and Fridays are usually the highest with more groups attending as the season goes on. Last night's game versus Iowa was 5067. The previous Friday, it was 3262 versus Texas. Tonight, the Admirals host Chicago, Milwaukee's biggest geographical rival. That should be in the 5000 to 6000 range. Sunday games draw well after the Packer's season ends. Concert games draw the best, with 7000 to 9000 being typical. The Ads usually have 3 or 4 of those a season. The home opener also draws well, with 6398 versus Laval.

The UWM Panther Arena holds about 9900 for hockey, so it is similar sized to the BCA. The mid 1990s had the peak attendance in Admirals history with three seasons averaging over 9000 in the 17,800 seat Bradley Center. Milwaukee had a few sell outs in those days. (Note that was just after the Packers stopped playing 3 games a season in Milwaukee.)

Overtime period. My family attended two Friday after Thanksgiving Day games in Rochester. I would be curious to see how those draw versus a regular Friday game. My recollection is that both games had around 7000 fans. They were against Toronto and Albany respectively, around 2011 and 2012.

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Re: Attendance numbers since 2005 (opening a can of worms here)

Post by insagt1 » Sat Nov 02, 2019 6:52 pm

For many seasons the Friday after T-Day was one of the best attended games of the season. Used to really look forward to that game. Recently, nothing special.

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