VIDEO: Hakstol Addresses Lack of Attendance
by KVRR Sports
April 03, 2013
The off-ice talk of this past weekend was the lack of energy and attendance at the NCAA hockey regionals. Outside of the East and Northeast regionals, not a single game was played before more than 3,000 fans.
The Northeast regional was played in New Hampshire and the field featured the University of New Hampshire so attendance figures were okay. Over the course of three games, the average attendance per game was 8,200. This takes into account that opening round games share the same attendance numbers, as tickets are sold as part of a “session.”
In the East, Boston College was playing less than an hour away from campus in Rhode Island. The three game average in Providence was about 5,600.
In the West, played in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the regional in which UND and Minnesota were placed, the three-game average was 2,103.
In Toledo, Ohio, home of the Midwest regional, the average attendance was 2,724.
The popular reason for blame is that the NCAA does not allow NCAA hockey tournament games to be played at on-campus facilities, where attendance figures would skyrocket.
UND head coach Dave Hakstol addressed that on Tuesday.