Wisconsin Badgers lead country in women’s hockey in attendance in 2017-18, but ticket usage drops
The University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team led the country in announced attendance in the 2017-18 season, and it wasn’t particularly close.
But the Badgers actually saw a decrease in the number of spectators in LaBahn Arena for their games.
The number of tickets sold or distributed for a game determines the announced attendance, and in that measure the Badgers averaged 2,265 per game.
The count of tickets scanned at entry gates, however, shows the number of people who actually attend the game. That average was 1,560, a 6 percent decrease from games at LaBahn Arena in the 2016-17 season.
In the 2017-18 campaign, 31 percent of tickets went unused for Badgers home games, a rate higher than the previous two seasons but lower than the first three years that UW played in LaBahn.
Still, the Badgers were the clear leader in attendance nationally. The 2,265 announced average was 595 better than second-place Minnesota.
It also represented 99.6 percent of the 2,273 capacity at LaBahn, which was expanded with 150 standing-room tickets for the March 10 NCAA quarterfinal game against Minnesota.
Only one other school reached 60 percent of its capacity: Mercyhurst had an announced average of 818 fans, which was 63 percent of the 1,300 capacity at Mercyhurst Ice Center.
The largest crowd of the season was for the NCAA game against Minnesota, with 2,078 tickets scanned.
The smallest was 739 for a Sept. 28 game against Mercyhurst, one of three games that didn’t reach the sellout announced total of 2,273.