Nothing terribly new in this article, but I thought perhaps it could be a springboard to discuss the struggling attendance at Avs games. The article fortunately quotes Terry Frei who seems to have an accurate pulse on the situation. He notes that interest in the team is high and there are other factors including HDTV and a bad economy that has contributed to the decline in attendance.
I was at the game on Sunday and it was my first Avs game in person in abut five years. And that had nothing to do with waning interest in the team. Frei hit the nail on the head as far as why it's been so long for me. I got an HDTV about five years ago and I've been pretty happy to watch games at home in HD. And sometime in between I'd lost a job and couldn't really consider paying the exorbitant ticket prices for a long time.
My financial situation has improved to the point where I can consider splurging on games again, but even then I only went to the game Sunday because there were discounted tickets available. IMO, if Avs tickets were priced in the same range as Nuggets tickets, I'd go to many more and I'd expect there wouldn't be any attendance issues. Granted there are fewer available seats at hockey games than the basketball set up, but Kroenke is also paying quite a bit more on player salaries for his basketball team. I don't see much justification for why Avs tickets are more expensive.
Regardless, I hope the increased attendance this past weekend is a trend because the team deserves to play in front of a full house. If the team keeps winning fans and the young stars establish themselves, fans will start coming back to see the team in person.