Yesterday I published the NHL attendance report but as many of you know, that is half the story. Of course I am talking about ticket prices. So I scoured the internet for about 2 minutes and found this post. So naturally I had to visualize it.
On Sunday, Connor McDavid played is 100 NHL game. This is how he stacks up against some of the more prolific players since Crosby and Ovechkin joined the league.
Overall the NHL attendance is relatively flat year over year with an increase from 17,233 last year through November games to 17,280 through this year.
On a team by team level, 4 teams saw an increase over 5% from last year while 3 teams saw declines of 5% or greater. Edmonton saw a large spike due to the new arena they are playing in this year while the Ottawa Senators saw the largest drop, down 13.3% through the November games.
You can drill into each teams performance to date using this interactive dashboard by selecting a team in the drop down in the upper right corner. (I apologize in advance. It is not mobile friendly.)
Last night I saw there was a lot of twitter chatter last night on 2 games with over 10 goals scored. Most people theorized that scoring was way up in the league but no one provide any data…so I looked it up.
As you can see, in comparable periods, scoring is up in the league. It is also nice to see that goal differential is actual down which means it isn’t a bunch of blowouts that are inflating the numbers. There is more scoring and the games remain tight. That said, it is way too early to draw any conclusions.
Major League Baseball attendance was down year over year with 16 of the teams seeing declines. As the second chart with show, the biggest declines came from Cincinnati, Oakland, Baltimore, and Minnesota.
Interactive team reports available here.
USA hockey just released their 2015-16 Membership report and here are three simple visuals you can use to interpret the data.
Here is a break down of attendance in Major League Baseball through the end of May.
In spite of on the field success, the Seattle Mariners are down 10.5%. No real surprise here since there is usually a delay in on field success and increase in attendance. Teasing out the Mariners a bit more, expectations were very high last year after missing the playoffs on the final game of the Season in 2014 which led to the increase in attendance early 2015. (Select any team in the drop down menu)
Overall MLB Attendance is down slightly year over year but up over the 3 year average.
Toronto Blue Jays, New York Mets, Houston Astros and Chicago Cubs are riding the success of last year’s playoffs to lead the league in year over year increase.