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03-15-2013, 09:32 AM
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Originally Posted by CoolForumNamePending View Post
Looking at things from a distance it's obvious this season wasn't a banner year for the 'SEL' but last year it set an attendance record so it isn't like the league has been in some sort of decline in recent years. It appears the vast majority of this years decline can be explained by two things.

-Djurgarden going down and Rogle coming up. Really the relagation of Djurgarden pretty much accounts for AIK's drop in attendance as well.
-An extended run of mediocrity finally catching up to Frolunda at the gate.

In a weird way I think the apparent depth currently in Swedish professional hockey hurts the SEL from a econmic point of view. Half the clubs in the 2nd tier now probably have a legit and realistic goal of making it to the SEL. This is making things crowded at the top and pretty difficult for 'big market' and/or prestigious clubs like Djurgarden, Malmo and Leksands to make it back up. Given the depth I wonder if it is time to increase the amount of teams to at least 14?

One interesting thing is the combined attendance of the top 2 tiers this year is pretty much the same as least year.
I know about Djurgarden thing. It can explain this seasonīs numbers.

I dont know how to make table, so I am writing average attendance since 08/09 until now (if anybody has reliable source of average leagues attendance before 08/09 I will welcome it)

2008/09 - 2012/13
6 073
6 181
6 306
6 305
6 620

2008/09 - 2012/13

6 260
6 190
6 160
6 385
5 717

As you can see, NLA has grown every season. Elitserien has decreased every season, only exception is last year. Can it be explained by "Djurgarden type of case" in 09/10, 10/11 as well?

Is there any potential for grow in NLA, SEL with current arenas? If not, will clubs build new? KHL forces clubs to build new arenas (minimum of 9000 or 12000), therefore many clubs project new arenas. I dont agree with KHL here, IMO minimal capacity should be 12000 or 15000. If a club can not afford it (small city, fanbase), it can play lower leagues.

I ask because of vision euro competition in future - Champions League or one league, it does not matter. Where do euro clubs want to play it? At current arenas for 5-7000? I see euro clubs, they dont have any plan for future (no Champions League or so), so no reason to build new arenas. Current one are enough. KHL is another story, there is a vision of big league.. therefore they will build new arenas. Torpedo Nizny Novgorod should start to build new arena for 15000 this year, even Tyumen which is not in KHL - but wants to join - has been building arena for 13000 etc.

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