RED-HOT SHINE DULLED ON NJ DEVILS’ NEW PLAYGROUND: A new arena always brings new excitement and sellout crowds. At least that’s what the New Jersey Devils thought.
The CALGARY HERALD ices news that only a week after opening it’s doors, the Prudential Center has lost its luster. Although the season opener against the Ottawa Senators sold out, the following home game against the Tampa Bay Lightning had an announced crowd of just over 13,000.Better yet, those at the game said they saw no more than 8,000 fannies in the furbished seats. And futher witnesses say that claims of 14,000 fans at Friday’s contest against the Maple Leafs were “wildly inflated.”
Guess Newark isn’t such a prize destination, after all.Jersey’s home numbers aren’t the only tallies that are on thin ice. The Boston Bruins haven’t had a sellout at TD Banknorth Garden at all this year.
Last Sunday’s game hit a new low. Although attendance was officially claimed at 10,087, only 5,000 folks bothered to show up to see Boston battle Ottawa.
However, there were unforeseen factors contributing to the paltry crowd. For one, the Patriots were playing the Colts at the same time. (TD Banknorth could have used some of that fake RCA Dome noise.)And for another, the Bruins were playing.