Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Knighthawks attendance woes continue

By Alex Hinkley

The Knighthawks are still struggling with attendance troubles as only 4,940 fans came to last weekend's game against the Minnesota Swarm (according to the official box score on NLL.com). This marks the third home game in a row that Rochester has failed to surpass 5,000 people. It has gotten to the point where they no longer even bother to announce the night's attendance during the game.

So far this season, the Rochester Knighthawks have drawn crowds of 6,025, 4,945, 4,560, and 4,940. That is a season average of just 5,117 people, far below the regular attendance figures the franchise is used to. Going back to games played in 2005 when attendance first started being archived on NLL.com, the K-Hawks have never drawn a crowd in 4,000's before. Now they've done so three games in a row. In fact, they only started drawing crowds below 6,000 just last year. Back in the good ol' days, Rochester steadily drew 8,000, 9,000, and even 10,000 people every game. They don't even get that in two games anymore. What is going on?

Even giving out a free Cody Jamieson bobblehead did not seem to increase attendance as last weekend's numbers are still below the 2011 four-game average. Bobblehead night is usually a big event so you have to wonder if attendance would have continued to decline (instead of roughly remaining the same) without it. The home opener had the biggest crowd thus far and each subsequent game had fewer fans. It is easy to see a downward trend happening.

After a bit of a rough start, Rochester won the last two games so hopefully this will have a positive effect on attendance.

What would you do to address this issue? Leave a comment below with a suggestion.

(Originally published on Examiner.com)

1 comment:

  1. On the chat room for the Swarm-K'hawks game after the NLL Network announcers mentioned the attendance, a couple of Rochester fans pointed out that the city itself is losing people because the recession has gutted the local economy, much like Detroit. One said he used to have season tickets but had to give them up because he moved to another part of the country for a new job. It would be a shame for Rochester to lose the team after all these years, but maybe western NY just doesn't have the population and wealth base to support two NLL teams anymore.

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