"Despite the new rink, there's no denying the gaping fact on almost every fan's mind: The number of empty seats at every home game so far this year. After averaging over 4,200 fans per game in the eight games at the K-Rock Centre last year, average attendance is just a hair over 3,500 -- and that's counting tickets sold, not average attendance." -- our own Tyler King, Cogeco 13, KingstonSounds like something that was stated previously.
(Update uno: Attendance was just 2,585 for Sunday's 4-2 home loss to the Sarnia Sting. Update dos: There is a very supportive thread from the heroes over at The New OHL Open Forum.)
"It will also probably not take too long before the right people start asking questions about the team's announced attendance figures, which seem divorced from all reality.Here's Tyler's report from Friday's broadcast:
"Fire Larry Mavety noted in February that the City of Kingston, which has a $1.50 surcharge on each ticket, is budgeted for 3,500 fans per game. It has also, if memory serves, projected revenues based on the Frontenacs having at least four home playoff dates. That means having home-ice advantage for a first-round series that goes the full seven games, as per (owner Duog) Springer's opening-night vow, or reaching the second round. Of course, that hasn't been heard of in Kingston since before Springer owned the team." -- Oct. 6 (emphasis mine)
Here's a best-of from the NOOF:
"We are pulling for you Kingston fans hoping this is the day Mav gets thrown overboard."
"Attendance looks dismal. Appears to be whole sections that are empty. When the camera pans back it really looks bad."
"We all know Mavety won't be fired. Springer has proven time and again that he doesn't give a damn about icing a winning product.
"I don't think the seats will be filled until a few things happen.
"Really, Mavety deserves no more chances. I don't care if the team goes on a 10-game winning streak, Mavety still needs to be canned as both coach AND general manager.
- Mav has to go. I know alot of people that (used) to go but will not return as long as he is part of the team.
- The Springers need to either sell the team or bring in someone new GM/head coach that knows what they are doing."
"One playoff round win in 13 seasons in Kingston. His track record says it all.
"Those empty seats will remain that way as long as Doug Springer is the owner of this hockey club."
"... Sunday afternoon in brand new joint, 2,500 ????? Ouch."
"I'd be very surprised if there were 1,500 there today. Very, very sparse."