As we all know, thanks to the economic situation in the United States, Ducks attendance has taken a pretty big hit from the 2008-09 season to the 2009-10 and 2010-11 season. In 2008-09, just the second season after their first championship, the Ducks averaged 16,991 tickets sold a game which is an average of 98.9% full. The economy really started to go into the toilet starting in the Fall of 2008—after season tickets had been sold for that season—making attendance good that season. HOWEVER, Anaheim failed to sell out in the playoffs in 2009, which I believe can be blamed at least in part on the economy.
For the first full season after the economic meltdown, the Ducks saw an average crowd of 15,168 (88.3% of Ponda Center), a HUGE drop off for a team that took the eventual Western Conference champion Detroit Red Wings to game seven in the second round of the playoffs. Attendance again took yet another hit in 2010-11 thanks to missing the playoffs in 2010 and with the US still in economic trouble (14,739—85.8%).
What does all of this have to do with this upcoming season you ask?
It is looking like our attendance woes (at least for the upcoming season) may be a thing of the past. A few months ago I asked a Ducks season ticket rep how sales were going and while he would not reveal the actual number sold, he did tell me that they were in better shape in July of 2011, than they were just one year prior. With today's release of individual game ticket sales, I was able to look at them and make an educated guess of where our season ticket number is right now. My guess is that we are between 12,500 and 13,500 (13,000 sounds about right) which is where I think we were in 2008-09. We should be able to get back up into the 90s percentage wise thanks to the larger season ticket base. For the last two seasons, the season ticket base has been around 10/11,000 and the year after the Cup championship, sales were capped at 15,000.
Definitely looking forward to the start of this season and some more sell-out crowds at Ponda Center. Go Ducks.