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  • Re: WCHA Final Five: Hello Empty Seats

    Originally posted by Bakunin View Post
    MN's streak was 11 - UND will likely make the next three to tie that one.
    Fixed your post.
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    • Re: WCHA Final Five: Hello Empty Seats

      Originally posted by Happy View Post
      I am sure any chance to get the hell out of the god forsaken state is taken advantage of. and, it does a person good to at least look at a tree once a year.
      Kind of like gopher hockey players taking advantage of any chance to leave a God forsaken hockey team.

      Also it does the gophers good to at least come up to North Dakota to see an elite hockey program once a year.
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      • Re: WCHA Final Five: Hello Empty Seats

        Originally posted by sioux7 View Post
        Its always been that way, always will. That's Ok though.....But I can't figure out why other fans from various teams don't like a team that actually plays hockey.
        Just curious, if UND actually plays hockey, what do the other teams do?

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        • Re: WCHA Final Five: Hello Empty Seats

          Speaking of empty seats, it looks to me like Friday attendance at the WCHA Final Five was equal or better than the other tournaments combined, again.

          WCHA 27,300 (13 in the afternoon and 14 in the evening)

          CCHA: 9,800 (single ticket)
          HEA: 12,500 (single ticket)
          AHA: 1,800 (single ticket)
          ECACHL: not published - a bad sign in itself.
          Total: 24,100 plus ECACHL.

          Kinda makes you wonder how the other leagues make a go of it.


          I've been impressed with the relatively large number of Gopher fans who've turned out.

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            People need to keep in mind the 14,000+ they said were there yesterday afternoon and night were sold numbers. There were more than 4,500 empty seats in that arena. I do agree Iam surprised at how many Gopher fans have shown up. Of course half of them are to gutless to have their colors on.
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            • Re: WCHA Final Five: Hello Empty Seats

              Originally posted by Farce Poobah View Post
              Speaking of empty seats, it looks to me like Friday attendance at the WCHA Final Five was equal or better than the other tournaments combined, again.

              WCHA 27,300 (13 in the afternoon and 14 in the evening)

              CCHA: 9,800 (single ticket)
              HEA: 12,500 (single ticket)
              AHA: 1,800 (single ticket)
              ECACHL: not published - a bad sign in itself.
              Total: 24,100 plus ECACHL.

              Kinda makes you wonder how the other leagues make a go of it.


              I've been impressed with the relatively large number of Gopher fans who've turned out.
              Throw in the 15,000 there Thursday for a play-in game and it looks even more impressive. And that 9800 at the Joe was creative accounting. Trust me. It was either that or resort to the N/A the ECACHL went with.

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              • Re: WCHA Final Five: Hello Empty Seats

                Originally posted by Farce Poobah View Post
                Speaking of empty seats, it looks to me like Friday attendance at the WCHA Final Five was equal or better than the other tournaments combined, again.

                WCHA 27,300 (13 in the afternoon and 14 in the evening)

                CCHA: 9,800 (single ticket)
                HEA: 12,500 (single ticket)
                AHA: 1,800 (single ticket)
                ECACHL: not published - a bad sign in itself.
                Total: 24,100 plus ECACHL.

                Kinda makes you wonder how the other leagues make a go of it.

                I've been impressed with the relatively large number of Gopher fans who've turned out.
                Add in the 15,300 from Thursday's UND, UMD game, and it's even worse. If they just get the 27,000 today, that's still close to 70,000 for the five games (and I'd guess the attendance would be better today than yesterday). No where near the record 92,000 from a few years ago, but not the "Hello Empty Seats" predicted, and no where near what is seen at the Joe or Fleet Center...
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                HEA: UMass, Notre Dame
                NCHC: UMD, UND, SCSU, WMU
                WCHA: UAH, BSU, FSU, LSSU, MSU, MTU, NMU

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                • Re: WCHA Final Five: Hello Empty Seats

                  Originally posted by moose97 View Post
                  Add in the 15,300 from Thursday's UND, UMD game, and it's even worse. If they just get the 27,000 today, that's still close to 70,000 for the five games (and I'd guess the attendance would be better today than yesterday). No where near the record 92,000 from a few years ago, but not the "Hello Empty Seats" predicted, and no where near what is seen at the Joe or Fleet Center...

                  I don't know about that. These are paid attendance figures. There were tons of empty seats last night, In fact there was one section on the 200 level that contained only the UND band.

                  I was personally a little surprised by the Sconni turnout. Not much red in the building, But I guess their diehards went to basketball? They usually travel MUCH better. Sioux/SCSU turnout was impressive.

                  But you are correct, no where near what happens out east. But 22,000 in lost ticket sales does add up. The Big problem is next year imho. I had 4 of the 8 in my group bail and I probably won't renew those tickets. I suspect there are quite a few Gopher fans in that same position. I'll always keep my 4, but I got stiffed for $600+ this season by people bailing on me. I gave the 4 I was stuck with away, but they are not the type to go when they have to pay for it.
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                  • Re: WCHA Final Five: Hello Empty Seats

                    It ceases to amaze me how clueless people are. Any time anyone anounces attendance figures it is SOLD tickets. Figure it out finally. Plus, it's all that really matters. That's where the money comes from.

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                    • Re: WCHA Final Five: Hello Empty Seats

                      Originally posted by Roben View Post
                      Hey now...there are trees around the farm houses.
                      and oil under them
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                      what does North Dakota's gov't have that Minnesota won't have? A budget Surplus

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                      • Re: WCHA Final Five: Hello Empty Seats

                        How has attendance been without the Gophers? Still well attended or no?
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                          I was personally a little surprised by the Sconni turnout. Not much red in the building, But I guess their diehards went to basketball? They usually travel MUCH better. Sioux/SCSU turnout was impressive.
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                          I haven't been impressed with the turnout of Badger fans at the Final 5 in several years. I don't know what it is, maybe we've come to just expect them to lose on Friday afternoon and not make the trip. I do think if they had won yesterday and played tonight, there would have been a better turnout of Badger fans than Friday, but still...not a good showing.

                          I also don't undertand why everyone who paid for the cheap seats on the end hasn't just moved around to the sides for a free in game upgrade. The only really full rows on the upper level sides have been when a row win the Kelloggs prize pack and everyone races over there to get in on the action.

                          The only highlight of Friday was running into someone on the sidewalk after the Badger game with "Shirtless Guy" on his tech jersey, who turned out to ineeded be THE Shirtless Guy.

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                          • Re: WCHA Final Five: Hello Empty Seats

                            Originally posted by baalbrec View Post
                            The only highlight of Friday was running into someone on the sidewalk after the Badger game with "Shirtless Guy" on his tech jersey, who turned out to ineeded be THE Shirtless Guy.
                            Dear god, this was a highlight?
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                            • Re: WCHA Final Five: Hello Empty Seats

                              Originally posted by Terrierbyassociation View Post
                              How has attendance been without the Gophers? Still well attended or no?
                              average around 13,000 or 14,000 so not too bad.
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                              • Re: WCHA Final Five: Hello Empty Seats

                                Originally posted by Yager View Post
                                Only the 23rd largest rink of 30

                                But my point wasn't that it is too small, it isn't. I just expect a smaller rink to be more intimate than it is. There are way too many seats too far away for the size of the rink so it isn't that great for atmosphere IMO.
                                The X sure isn't intimate. That's a direct byproduct of the open concourses - in just about every other arena in the nation, that's where seats and the suites are, which lowers the vertical space required to fit all those seats in.

                                The thing is, sitting up high isn't all that bad for hockey. I sure don't mind it, but it does make the building feel much more open than it is for the capacity compared to other NHL arenas. It would also be poor for basketball for those reasons.
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