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Absolutely No One Went To This Week's Florida Panthers Game

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Like the Gobi Desert
There are many possible explanations for what occurred Tuesday night -- but really, only one makes sense.

It could have been the fact that the Panthers-Senators game unfolded on a Tuesday night, which is the worst night imaginable for professional athletics. Or perhaps it was the matter that the Ottawa Senators and the Florida Panthers are among this year's most unwatchable teams.

But in fact, it's because no one in South Florida cares about hockey. And this truth -- no matter what the New Times commentariat claims -- was evidenced once more on Tuesday night when the Florida Panthers etched its lowest attendance in half a decade.

Only 10,074 people attended the match -- just 11 more than a dismal 2008 affair between the Panthers and Carolina Hurricanes in 2008, which drew a scant 10,063 attendants.

Heady times in Florida hockey, these are not. Thankfully, Miami Herald beat reporter George Richards was there tweeting the farce.

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All of it was enough to make this woman go like this:

Attendance like this isn't a new thing to the Panthers -- which for their part made the 2012 Stanley Cup -- and its first tremors were felt months ago. At a preseason game between the Nashville Predators and Panthers at the BB&T Center in mid-September, the attendance could be counted in dozens. Hyperbole aside, we called it the "worst turnout in the history of professional sports."

So what does the Florida Panthers, who have only won seven games this season, have to say about all this?

Yep.

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Patricia L Watt
Patricia L Watt

No mob? count me in! I would rather go see the Panthers hockey than the Miami Heat.. Because you can get tickets, watch the game without some girl with big hair sitting in front of you. Plenty o seats. Love this

Redd
Redd

Pro Hockey  is ENTERTAINMENT, just like most other pro teams.  

-its no longer a sport.  


the question is, do you want to spend your entertainment bucks on this.... 



Patti Brehmer Neri
Patti Brehmer Neri

It's an absolute blast to go to the games. The tickets are very very inexpensive. Love the environment. We will begin to win games again. Drove over an hour to get there. Honestly I love going to the games and it's not empty as you convey. Dolphin games are just as sparsely attended. And we drive an hour to get there too. I was there for the '72 perfect season. Love our Florida teams. Just because The Heat lost 2 games in a row will attendance drop off? Just GO to the games people unless you have a poor attitude about our Florida teams (then stay home!!). Please!!!!

Cary Gonzalez
Cary Gonzalez

Miami is sick and tired of supporting losers. Hopefully Marlins stadium will be empty next season and Loria will finally sell the team to someone who actually gives a shit about having a successful team.

stevenh777
stevenh777

And this fair-weather stuff is pretty dumb. YES Miami fans are more fair weather than other cities. But you know what when it comes to sports Miami fans are much SMARTER than other cities. People in Miami don't waste their money on a losing product. Why pay for bad teams? I am not going to go to movie and pay for a movie I know it bad, I am not going to go to a restaurant and pay for bad food. Why should I have to go to a Baseball or Hockey game to pay for a bad team? Because I have to be loyal? No. The team has to be loyal to me, I am the customer. They need to give me a reason to spend money. Are the people in Chicago and Boston who go out there and spend loads of money on bad products when their teams don't do well. making the right financial move? I rather save the money and spend it on something more entertaining. Miami fans also don't go nuts and violent when our teams win championships like every other city.  

Jj Hack Diaz
Jj Hack Diaz

NT assholes! No one goes b/c the Pussies SUCK!!!

Brian Wulf
Brian Wulf

We need to move the Miami Heat up here to Broward and put the hockey team in downtown MIA...

Evan Rowe
Evan Rowe

It's summer right now as far as I'm concerned.

Erika Wienants
Erika Wienants

Our fans down here suck. Too many bandwagon fans.

Evan Rowe
Evan Rowe

Too far away. If they made cheap tickets and took a good spot, i'd go in the summers to get out of the heat. esp if they gave us wifi.

katherine.karpchuk
katherine.karpchuk

I love hockey!! And I would go to more games but the cost is ridiculous!!! Once you charged for parking and made the ticket prices outrageous - I'd rather go to the local restaurant be comfy enjoy good food & watch on TV - of course I'd REaLLy prefer to go to games in Montreal ;) but I miss going to many games here!!! Don't worry the games over the holidays are packed with fans from Canadian teams ;)

Amy Sedeno
Amy Sedeno

I wouldn't go as far as saying "no one." Wait for the Panthers to start winning and the fans will respond in true Miami fashion

Gertrude Huber
Gertrude Huber

I LOVE HOCKEY. Just don't have season tickets. If u give them to me, I'd be there every time!!

Kevin Kohler
Kevin Kohler

Agree..location location. I would go often if it wasn't such a commute!

Aditza 'Dizzy' Reyes
Aditza 'Dizzy' Reyes

Sunrise sucks and its expensive ... besides, people don't understand the game ...

Derrick Lang
Derrick Lang

When I lived in south Florida... I liked the Bruins.

Ellen Blackburn Bass
Ellen Blackburn Bass

start thinking about the prices there...FOOD is crazy and not good anymore, PARKING use to be FREE, DRINKS $4 of water you can buy a case from BJ's for that...Tickets are out of control can watch them for FREE on TV...sorry Panthers and also not to mention they don't support other Foundations anymore with the 50/50...gotten really greedy...:(

Heather Rogerson
Heather Rogerson

That is Soutg Florida fans was it 97? The whole craze throwing rubber rats . When teams are winning everyone is a fan , same with Marlins. I'm from Boston on top or sucking for years Fenway always packed ! True fans

laurcholl
laurcholl

The plight of the panthers goes beyond "The arena is too far" or " They were playing the senators on Tuesday  night"  The organization that runs the arena are part of the problem. The management ousted people that were season ticket holders from the inception of the team to spend money building a "Club Red". Club Red is an ultra exclusive and expensive center ice travesty. The sentiment of the management was disregard to long time season ticket holders that lost their seats in order to build this worthless club and many did not renew their tickets. This was the start of an even deeper downward spiral by the panthers. When you have hard core loyal fans that are unhappy with their treatment the negativity blossoms like a big dark cloud. Factor in the facts that hockey is a hard sell in south Florida, the food and drink prices in this arena are astronomical and the team has constant losses and you have the answer.

Cherie Gibeault
Cherie Gibeault

I love Hockey. For years I went to every home game But yes it's too far out of the way. The Arena is really nice and whenever I invite someone to join me they end up loving the hockey experience. Believe me when the team is playing well the arena is full of excited fans :)

Lam Nguyen
Lam Nguyen

I went to one Panthers last year, my first ever, and left after the first period. Hockey doesn't interest me like football and basketball.

Zorylee Galarza
Zorylee Galarza

Because S. Florida has bandwagon fans. There is no loyalty here, unless the team is winning. The most loyal fans are Hurricanes fans, and even THEN half their games are empty. Pathetic. Add to that the fact that the people who would actually go to games can't afford it as often since cost of living vs. what people actually get paid are very uneven.

Victor Guerrero
Victor Guerrero

Bullshit. No one went because we're playing the Sens and no one cares about fucking Ottawa. I'm so tired of the new times talking shit about our beloved Cats.

Victor Runciman
Victor Runciman

That is a cool team but Hockey in SoFla is UNNECESSARY! ... and I LOVE HOCKEY!

Hiram Suarez
Hiram Suarez

They didn't win a game in that series. Swept 4-0

erikbardelas
erikbardelas

Its because the games are to $$$ they need to drop the price! I don't want to pay 40-75$$ for nosebleed areas! 

Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

to my humble recollection, South Florida only showed "genuine interest" in hockey when the Panthers, led by the "Beezer", pushed the Avalanche to a 7th game overtime.

Gomez Christian
Gomez Christian

TIME FOR Major League Soccer (MLS) TO BRING A TEAM WORTH WATCHING!! Miami MLS Bid Leaders

Jo Braga
Jo Braga

Right on Nick Moss that was my exact feeling from the day they moved.. The soul of hockey has been gone from south florida since then.. And that was the 90s when hockey was in MIAMI and Booming... Year of the rat.. Etc.. The finals..and I grew up playing hockey..soo yea do you know how much I hear about the panthers now? Nothing. The rink is up there was the WORST idea ever.. Leave it to Miami to take a good thing and try to market it to the rich and just take all the soul out of things till all it is .. Is a cheap Ghost of a good thing..

Casey C Chu
Casey C Chu

Look where the stadium. Its a haul. Location, location location.

Nick Moss
Nick Moss

i like the Panthers. But they're pretty far from Downtown Miami where I live. Hard to support a team you could never get to see without a Greyhound ticket.

Erik Swagerty
Erik Swagerty

No one in south Florida seems to care about any of our teams unless they are doing great. Nothing but fair weather fans down here. You'd never see that in Green Bay.

sarah.white001
sarah.white001

there's just too much to do in miami, this week people from all over the world are flocking to miami to attend art basel. I think to a degree miami can be a fair weather city but at the same time, when there so many different activities to choose from. Various art festivals, music festivals, food festivals, the beach, going on the boat. Its not like we live in a po' dunk town in the middle of no where were you either go watch the football game or stay home. sometimes people in miami just wanna go on the boat........

cobaltblu
cobaltblu

Hockey fans are pretty loyal... But these guys are just not worth watching.

Mike Evans
Mike Evans

The team is sadly unwatchable these days. And there is a mall next door.

Jon Achaval
Jon Achaval

Do you think that the fact that the stadium is in bumfuck Egypt might have something to do with it?

paulxl7
paulxl7

@Phil Ramirez Actually we got swept by them in that series.

paulxl7
paulxl7

@Jon Achaval Sunrise is closer to the snowbird/hockey fan population than downtown Miami. I understood the move. When the team sucks as bad as they do this year, people don't show regardless.

miamitrev2
miamitrev2 topcommenter

Obviously it isnt closer to the fan base that actually attends games.

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