List of National Hockey League attendance figures

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The National Hockey League has the third-highest overall attendance among professional sports in the world. Despite the recession and rising ticket prices, as of the 2012-13 season the NHL had 12,758,849 overall live spectators, and averaged 17,721 spectators per game.

2012-13 attendance statistics[edit]

First Niagara Center
Tampa Bay Times Forum
MTS Centre
American Airlines Center
Team Arena Home Games Average Attendance Total Attendance Capacity Percentage
Chicago Blackhawks United Center 24 21,755 522,619 110.4% [1]
Montreal Canadiens Bell Centre 24 21,273 510,552 100.0%
Detroit Red Wings Joe Louis Arena 24 20,066 481,584 100.0%
Philadelphia Flyers Wells Fargo Center 24 19,786 474,878 101.3%
Toronto Maple Leafs Air Canada Centre 24 19,426 466,224 103.2%
Ottawa Senators Scotiabank Place 24 19,408 465,801 101.3%
Calgary Flames Scotiabank Saddledome 24 19,289 462,936 100.0%
Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Times Forum 24 19,055 457,337 99.2%
Buffalo Sabres First Niagara Center 24 18,970 455,290 99.5%
Vancouver Canucks Rogers Arena 24 18,947 454,740 100.2%
Minnesota Wild Xcel Energy Center 24 18,794 451,075 104.7%
Pittsburgh Penguins Consol Energy Center 24 18,648 447,560 101.4%
Los Angeles Kings Staples Center 24 18,178 436,295 100.3%
Washington Capitals Verizon Center 24 17,734 425,638 95.8%
Boston Bruins TD Garden 24 17,565 421,560 100.0%
San Jose Sharks HP Pavilion at San Jose 24 17,561 421,472 100.0%
Carolina Hurricanes PNC Arena 24 17,558 421,401 94.0%
St. Louis Blues Scottrade Center 24 17,263 414,328 90.1%
New York Rangers Madison Square Garden 24 17,200 412,800 100.0%
New Jersey Devils Prudential Center 24 17,114 410,739 97.1%
Dallas Stars American Airlines Center 24 17,063 409,521 98.1%
Florida Panthers BankAtlantic Center 24 16,991 383,784 99.7%
Nashville Predators Bridgestone Arena 24 16,974 407,386 99.2%
Edmonton Oilers Rexall Place 24 16,839 404,136 100.0%
Anaheim Ducks Honda Center 24 15,887 381,308 92.5%
Colorado Avalanche Pepsi Center 24 15,444 370,677 85.8%
Winnipeg Jets MTS Centre 24 15,004 360,096 100.0%
Columbus Blue Jackets Nationwide Arena 24 14,565 349,558 80.3%
Phoenix Coyotes Jobing.com Arena 24 13,923 334,165 81.3%
New York Islanders Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum 24 13,306 319,362 82.3%
Total 720 17,721 12,758,849

2011-12 attendance statistics[edit]

Scotiabank Place
United Center
Pepsi Center
Verizon Center
Team Arena Home Games Average Attendance Total Attendance Capacity Percentage
Chicago Blackhawks United Center 41 21,533 882,874 109.2% [2]
Montreal Canadiens Bell Centre 41 21,273 872,193 100.0%
Philadelphia Flyers Wells Fargo Center 40 19,770 790,787 101.2%
Detroit Red Wings Joe Louis Arena 41 20,066 822,706 100.0%
Toronto Maple Leafs Air Canada Centre 41 19,505 799,686 103.6%
Ottawa Senators Scotiabank Place 41 19,357 793,612 101.1%
Calgary Flames Scotiabank Saddledome 41 19,289 790,849 100.0%
Vancouver Canucks Rogers Arena 41 18,884 774,250 100.1%
St. Louis Blues Scottrade Center 41 18,810 771,207 98.2%
Buffalo Sabres First Niagara Center 40 18,680 747,209 99.9%
Pittsburgh Penguins Consol Energy Center 41 18,569 761,224 101.0%
Washington Capitals Verizon Center 41 18,506 758,746 100.0%
Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Times Forum 41 18,468 757,192 96.2%
New York Rangers Madison Square Garden 41 18,191 745,852 99.9%
Los Angeles Kings Staples Center 39 18,109 706,236 99.9%
Minnesota Wild Xcel Energy Center 41 17,772 728,683 98.4%
Boston Bruins TD Garden 41 17,565 720,165 100.0%
San Jose Sharks HP Pavilion at San Jose 41 17,562 720,042 100.0%
Edmonton Oilers Rexall Place 41 16,839 690,399 100.0%
Nashville Predators Bridgestone Arena 41 16,691 684,324 97.5%
Florida Panthers BankAtlantic Center 41 16,628 681,763 86.4%
Carolina Hurricanes PNC Arena 41 16,043 657,747 85.9%
Colorado Avalanche Pepsi Center 41 15,499 635,440 86.1%
New Jersey Devils Prudential Center 41 15,397 631,258 87.4%
Winnipeg Jets MTS Centre 41 15,004 615,164 100.0%
Anaheim Ducks Honda Center 40 14,784 591,371 86.1%
Columbus Blue Jackets Nationwide Arena 41 14,660 601,061 80.1%
Dallas Stars American Airlines Center 41 14,227 583,306 76.8%
New York Islanders Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum 41 13,191 540,838 81.3%
Phoenix Coyotes Jobing.com Arena 41 12,421 509,241 72.3%

Notes[edit]

2010-11 attendance statistics[edit]

Xcel Energy Center
Joe Louis Arena
Consol Energy Center
Wells Fargo Center
Team Arena Home Games Average Attendance Total Attendance Capacity Percentage
Chicago Blackhawks United Center 41 21,423 878,356 108.7% [3]
Montreal Canadiens Bell Centre 41 21,273 872,193 100.0%
Philadelphia Flyers Wells Fargo Center 41 19,715 808,328 101.1%
Detroit Red Wings Joe Louis Arena 41 19,680 806,892 98.1%
Toronto Maple Leafs Air Canada Centre 41 19,354 793,522 102.9%
Calgary Flames Scotiabank Saddledome 40 19,289 771,560 100.0%
St. Louis Blues Scottrade Center 41 19,150 785,150 100.0%
Vancouver Canucks Rogers Arena 41 18,860 773,260 102.3%
Buffalo Sabres HSBC Arena 41 18,452 756,568 98.7%
Washington Capitals Verizon Center 41 18,397 754,309 100.0%
Ottawa Senators Scotiabank Place 41 18,378 753,525 99.3%
Pittsburgh Penguins Consol Energy Center 40 18,240 729,628 100.9%
New York Rangers Madison Square Garden 41 18,108 742,432 99.5%
Los Angeles Kings Staples Center 41 18,083 741,404 99.8%
Minnesota Wild Xcel Energy Center 40 18,012 720,508 99.7%
Boston Bruins TD Garden 40 17,565 702,600 100.0%
San Jose Sharks HP Pavilion at San Jose 40 17,562 702,480 100.4%
Tampa Bay Lightning St. Pete Times Forum 41 17,268 708,022 87.4%
Edmonton Oilers Rexall Place 41 16,839 690,399 100.0%
Carolina Hurricanes RBC Center 40 16,415 656,611 87.6%
Nashville Predators Bridgestone Arena 41 16,142 661,861 94.3%
Florida Panthers BankAtlantic Center 41 15,685 643,116 81.5%
Dallas Stars American Airlines Center 41 15,073 617,997 81.3%
Colorado Avalanche Pepsi Center 41 14,820 607,650 82.3%
New Jersey Devils Prudential Center 41 14,775 605,803 83.8%
Anaheim Ducks Honda Center 41 14,738 604,283 85.8%
Columbus Blue Jackets Nationwide Arena 40 13,658 546,350 75.3%
Atlanta Thrashers Philips Arena 41 13,469 552,230 72.6%
Phoenix Coyotes Jobing.com Arena 40 12,188 487,543 71.2%
New York Islanders Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum 41 11,059 453,456 67.9%

Notes[edit]

  • Totals do not include six regular-season opening games played in Europe, and two outdoor regular season games.
  • The Carolina Hurricanes played the Minnesota Wild at Hartwall Areena in Helsinki, Finland.
  • The Columbus Blue Jackets played the San Jose Sharks at the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden
  • The Boston Bruins played the Phoenix Coyotes at O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic.
  • The Washington Capitals played the Pittsburgh Penguins outdoors in the Winter Classic at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • The Montreal Canadiens played the Calgary Flames outdoors in the Heritage Classic at McMahon Stadium in Calgary, Alberta.
  • As of October 2010, Calgary's Pengrowth Saddledome was renamed Scotiabank Saddledome.[4]
  • As of August 2011, Buffalo's HSBC Arena was renamed First Niagara Center.[5]
  • Following the 2011 season, the Atlanta Thrashers relocated and became the current version of the Winnipeg Jets.
  • As of March 15th, 2012, the Carolina Hurricanes venue, RBC Center, has been renamed PNC Arena.

2009-10 attendance statistics[edit]

HP Pavilion
Scotiabank Place
Nationwide Arena
Madison Square Garden
Team Arena Home Games Average Attendance Total Attendance Capacity Percentage
Montreal Canadiens Bell Centre 41 21,273 872,193 100.0% [6]
Chicago Blackhawks United Center 40 21,356 854,267 108.3%
Detroit Red Wings Joe Louis Arena 40 19,535 800,966 97.4%
Calgary Flames Pengrowth Saddledome 41 19,289 790,849 100.0%
Toronto Maple Leafs Air Canada Centre 41 19,260 789,681 102.5%
Philadelphia Flyers Wells Fargo Center 41 19,546 781,847 100.2%
Vancouver Canucks GM Place 41 18,810 771,210 102.1%
Buffalo Sabres HSBC Arena 41 18,529 759,695 99.1%
St. Louis Blues Scottrade Center 40 18,883 755,322 98.6%
Minnesota Wild Xcel Energy Center 41 18,415 755,055 101.9%
Washington Capitals Verizon Center 41 18,277 749,357 100.0%
Ottawa Senators Scotiabank Place 41 18,269 749,061 98.8%
New York Rangers Madison Square Garden 41 18,076 741,128 99.3%
San Jose Sharks HP Pavilion at San Jose 41 17,558 719,904 100.4%
Los Angeles Kings Staples Center 41 17,313 709,853 93.6%
Dallas Stars American Airlines Center 41 17,215 705,817 92.9%
Pittsburgh Penguins Mellon Arena 41 17,078 700,211 100.7%
Boston Bruins TD Garden 41 17,388 695,543 99.0%
Edmonton Oilers Rexall Place 41 16,839 690,399 100.0%
New Jersey Devils Prudential Center 41 15,535 636,975 88.1%
Tampa Bay Lightning St. Pete Times Forum 41 15,497 635,388 78.4%
Columbus Blue Jackets Nationwide Arena 41 15,416 632,086 85.0%
Carolina Hurricanes RBC Center 41 15,240 624,873 81.4%
Anaheim Ducks Honda Center 41 15,168 621,903 88.3%
Nashville Predators Bridgestone Arena 41 14,979 614,143 87.5%
Florida Panthers BankAtlantic Center 40 15,146 605,863 78.7%
Colorado Avalanche Pepsi Center 41 13,947 571,849 77.5%
Atlanta Thrashers Philips Arena 41 13,607 557,897 73.4%
New York Islanders Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum 41 12,735 522,168 78.1%
Phoenix Coyotes Jobing.com Arena 41 11,989 491,558 68.5%

Notes[edit]

  • Totals do not include two regular-season opening games played in Europe. The Detroit Red Wings played the St.Louis Blues at the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden, and the Chicago Blackhawks played the Florida Panthers at Hartwall Areena in Helsinki, Finland.
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins began play in their new arena (Consol Energy Center) on Wednesday, September 22, 2010. With a larger capacity, more luxury seating, and better amenities than their former home Mellon Arena, the Penguins are expected to have a larger average and overall attendance record in the 2010-11 season.[7]
  • As of July 6, 2010, Vancouver's GM Place was renamed Rogers Arena.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  8. ^ "GM Place renamed Rogers Arena - British Columbia - CBC News". Cbc.ca. 2010-07-06. Retrieved 2013-09-13.