NHL Outselling NBA in Arenas?
According to this new CNNSI article, the NHL is having less trouble selling our arenas than the NBA. Our Washington Capitals are doing their part as well.
Throughout the 2013-14 season, 15 NHL markets have averaged at least 100 percent capacity in their home stands: The Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks, Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Calgary Flames, Vancouver Canucks, Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals, Minnesota Wild, Los Angeles Kings, New York Rangers, Boston Bruins, San Jose Sharks and Winnipeg Jets. [...]
The NBA, on the other hand, has only eight markets averaging at least 100 percent capacity this season: The Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks, Miami Heat, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets.
It isn’t all that surprising. Despite two lockouts, the NHL has done its share maintaining fan base.
That being said, the NBA does dominate the NHL in television ratings. But, the NHL is dominating at the box office.
While the stars are more visible at NBA games, both on the court and in the stands, the day-in-day-out demand for NHL is significantly higher than the NBA. The average price for tickets across the NHL in 2013 was 18.6% higher than in the NBA–$147 vs. $123.
In terms of the District, the average attendance numbers for the Washington Capitals and Washington Wizards are below.
Home Games This Season: 23
Average Attendance per Home Game: 18,506
Total Attendance To Date: 425,638
Rank in League: 9th
Home Games This Season: 16
Average Attendance per Home Game: 16,464
Total Attendance To Date: 246,974
Rank in League: 19th