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11-08-2009, 11:46 AM
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Frei: Avalanche not alone in attendance concerns

http://www.denverpost.com/avalanche/ci_13739156

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One team is doing so well, isn't it kind of surprising that it still is pushing its many available tickets — albeit very expensive, club-level tickets?

But enough about the Broncos.

Another team has been so successful in 2009, isn't it kind of surprising that its second home game this season drew an announced crowd of 15,823 — or a whopping 3,332 short of a sellout?

But enough about the Nuggets.
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It is interesting, though, how selective we in the media are in discussing attendance "problems." If the Avalanche had continued to struggle this season, I was going to suggest rerunning all the stories we wrote about how the Nuggets' ghost-town attendance not so long ago proved this wasn't a basketball town, simply using "search and replace" to plug in "hockey" for "basketball" and "Avalanche" for "Nuggets." Problem was, I couldn't find any of those pieces. I couldn't find them, because we didn't write any.
Well said, Terry. Well effing said.

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Wow, honestly, the Nuggets are doing badly with attendance? I would expect them to be almost selling out.

You can attribute both the Avs and Broncos to terrible records last year. But damn, I'd think that the team that gave the Lakers such a hard time in the Conference Finals last year would be drawing some sellouts.

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aren't nuggets tickets about half the price of avs tickets?

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Denver obviously isn't a basketball town.

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aren't nuggets tickets about half the price of avs tickets?
They are significantly cheaper across nearly every seating category (the only exception being a few of the most expensive sections). This includes, of course, the most affordable seats for casual fans, where Nuggets tickets cost $10 (!), while the cheapest Avs seat is $25 (at the very top, on the very ends only, at the ceiling). But of course no one every writes about what the impact might be on a certain team if ticket prices were jacked up by a factor of up to, say, 250%.


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Move the Broncos to Hamilton

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Denver obviously isn't a basketball town.
A decade and a half of crap will do that to you.

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Denver obviously isn't a basketball town.
Eh, there's a fair following. I personally love the Nuggets. Not as much as hockey in general, but it's an exciting game if you have a stake in it. And I always see guys in Nuggets jerseys and stuff.

But you're right, it'll definitely never get as much attention as even hockey in Denver. We're just not on the coast, basketball isn't that important here.

I'm still amazed that they're not selling out though. I could maybe see it if they were drawing 17 thousand a game, but 15? Jeeze.

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