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Panthers Attendance On The Rise

Wednesday, 11.30.2005 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Panthers Attendance On The Rise

Cats Crowds At The BankAtlantic Center Show Increase Over 2003-04 Season

SUNRISE, Fla. – Just two months into the regular season, South Florida hockey fans have proved to be one of the most dedicated and passionate groups in the National Hockey League. The return of Florida Panthers hockey to the BankAtlantic Center has led to large and enthusiastic crowds and a significant increase in attendance over the 2003-04 season.

The Panthers have averaged 16,123 fans over the first 11 regular season home games, up from the 13,941 fan average at the same point in '03-'04 – a 15.6% increase. The BankAtlantic Center has seen one sellout – on opening night – and seven crowds of over 16,000.

"The numbers say that Panthers hockey is as popular as ever in South Florida," Sunrise Sports & Entertainment chief operating officer Michael Yormark said. "Our fans continue to be loyal and fervent while the rest of the NHL finds out what a great hockey market there truly is in South Florida."

An article published in USA Today on Nov. 23 entitled "Attendance: Fans forgive, forget, file in" cited the Panthers (plus-16.5%) as the No. 6 team in the NHL as far as total attendance increase over 2003-04. The Cats landed just .1-percent behind Boston for No. 5, with Pittsburgh leading the pack (plus-37.1%).

That being said, Cats fans will have a chance to cement their loyal reputation even more this weekend with three great games in five days. The Panthers will face rookie sensation Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m., Stanley Cup Champion goalie Nikolai Khabibulin and the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. and the NHL's leading scorer Jason Spezza and the Ottawa Senators on Monday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m.

With the Florida Pit Bulls game vs. the Baltimore Pearls on Friday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. the BankAtlantic Center expects to host four events in five days with an expected total attendance of over 50,000 – another reason why the BankAtlantic Center is the "Center of it All" in South Florida.

Fans should keep in mind that the Capitals and Senators games were both rescheduled from October due to the arrival of Hurricane Wilma. Tickets that were purchased for either original date – Washington on Oct. 29 and Ottawa on Oct. 22 – will be honored for the upcoming games.

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 79 15 39 10 54
J. Jokinen 81 8 36 -2 44
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
A. Ekblad 81 12 27 12 39
B. Boyes 78 14 24 11 38
A. Barkov 71 16 20 -4 36
J. Hayes 72 19 16 -4 35
B. Campbell 82 3 24 4 27
B. Pirri 49 22 2 6 24
D. Bolland 53 6 17 4 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 28 19 12 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 6 7 2 .892 3.01
 
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