The WCHA's UAA Seawolves are done with games on their home ice at Sullivan Arena and the ECHL's Alaska Aces have completed their regular-season schedule at Sullivan, so let's go to the numbers and see where those folks are at with attendance.
We'll start with the Aces. In their 36 home games, they drew an average of 4,619 fans per game. That's a 3.4 percent decrease from their regular-season average attendance of 4,783 in the 2012-13 season. Of course, that 2012-13 average was a 7.5-percent increase over the 2011-12 season, when the Aces averaged 4,450 fans per home game. All in all, call it a wash the last couple seasons -- attendance is steady.
The Seawolves continue to have trouble pulling in fans. That was understandable in recent seasons -- until this season, when UAA advanced to the WCHA's Final Five, the Seawolves had endured 20 consecutive losing seasons, the longest such streak in Division I pucks.
In any event, UAA averaged 2,526 fans in its 16 home games. That's the lowest average attendance since the Seawolves began playing there in the 1983-84 season. It's also a decrease from the previous season of 7.4 percent. In one regard, UAA is bleeding attendance a little less -- attendance fell 11.8 percent from the 2011-12 season to the 2012-13 season.
The Blog has always said you don't lose fans all at once and you don't get them back all at once -- of course, he could be wrong. But UAA has assured itself a winning season, and perhaps that can serve as a springboard for slowly getting attendance on the rise instead of the decline in future seasons.
By DOYLE WOODY, adn.com