Plenty* of good seats were available for Tuesday’s Florida Panthers home game (*most of them) (photos)
As we all know, when you’re talking hotbeds of NHL hockey, where the fans are as rabid about hockey as they are nicely tanned, you’re of course talking about Florida. Specifically, the lovely town of Sunrise, where the Florida Panthers play their home games at BB&T Center.
On Tuesday night, the Panthers (7-15-5 heading into the match-up) were hosting the not-quite-as-bad-but-not-that-good-either Ottawa Senators (10-13-4).
Now, when two struggling teams face off, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the arena may be referred to as sparsely attended at best, but sparsely attended fails to do justice to the scene at BB&T Center on Tuesday evening.
And while attendance was reported to be 10,074, a lot of those fans must have been dressed as empty seats or have discovered the ability to make themselves invisible. To wit:
Seconds before puck drop. pic.twitter.com/CU8r1sgkeU
— Bonk’s Mullet (@BonksMullet) December 4, 2013
Here’s what the start of the #Sens at #FlaPanthers looked like on Tuesday pic.twitter.com/enkdjqi3c3
— George Richards (@GeorgeRichards) December 4, 2013
There can’t be any more than 5,000 people at Ottawa/Florida. That’s a very serious estimate. Any number above that is a complete lie.
— Travis Yost (@TravisHeHateMe) December 4, 2013
Yeesh. And here’s a screenshot from later in the game:
NHL fever: Catch it, Florida. Please. Seriously, you could put another NHL team in an arena across the street from Air Canada Centre in Toronto and have more fans show up. Horrible.
Hey, at least those who did show up saw the home team put forth
a winning an effort in a 4-2 loss. That will boost interest, for sure.
[H/T Sporting News]