Originally Posted by Unassisted
Columbus had only had hockey two seasons before the lockout. I haven't seen any attendance figures, nor do I follow the team closely. My first reaction is that taking on $4.5M in salary strikes me as a big splash designed to get Columbus people to remember they have a team in hopes they'll get excited enough to start going to games again.
They sell out almost every night.
The lockout hurt a bit this season, so, instead of 18,154, they bring in about 17,000 per game.
Attendance, and fan interest is not the problem in Columbus, I assure you.
That arena is magnificent, and the area surrounding it can be fun if you're into giant meat markets that sell beer with the name "brau" or some other thing you can't pronounce.
People are still very geeked up about having a real professional team around here. We all kinda giggle about how bad the Jackets are, but we all love going to games anyway.