Back to the Future

In their final season, the Hartford Whalers 7,601 season ticket sales in 30 days set a major league record in all sports. The Whalers had the highest individual season ticket base in the entire NHL during 1996-97, with overall attendance at 93% capacity.  Average attendance that year was 13,680, exceeding the LA Kings and NY Islanders.  In 2000-01, Carolina Hurricanes average attendance was 13,346.   After peaking in 2006-07, ‘Canes average attendance has dropped each of the past 3 years, and is currently 15,240, The Hurricanes don’t reveal their season ticket numbers, but the 2011 NHL All-Star Game will be in Raleigh and only season ticket holders can purchase tickets, which is helping to increase season ticket sales.