The Carolina Hurricanes have the second worst home game attendance in all of major league sports.
Financial news website 24/7 Wall St. published a report on “Sports Teams Running Out of Fans” on Monday that showed the Hurricanes have seen a serious dip in home attendance.
Over the last 10 years, attendance at Canes home games dropped 32 percent, with just 64 percent of all seats filled. Average home game attendance for the Canes is 11,776.
The Hurricanes relocated to Raleigh from Hartford, Conn., in 1997 and lackluster performances in recent years appear to be hurting ticket sales, according to the report.
The team often made postseason appearances during its first 10 years in Raleigh and won the Stanley Cup at the end of its 2005-06 season. The following season, home game attendance regularly topped 17,000.
But last season marked the eighth consecutive year that the Canes did not make a playoff appearance and average home game attendance was below 12,000.
Fans took to social media on Tuesday to complain of ticket and parking prices, attributing increasing costs, at least in part, to lower turnout.
The Chicago White Sox were the only team with worse home attendance. The top 10, in order, were: Chicago White Sox, Carolina Hurricanes, Philadelphia Phillies, Detroit Pistons, Houston Astros, Oakland Athletics, Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Avalanche and the Denver Nuggets.
To determine the teams losing the most fans, the report reviewed 10-year percentage changes in average attendance at regular-season home games in the NHL, NBA, MLB and NFL. Attendance figures were taken from ESPN and were as of the most recent completed season and the season 10 years prior.
For more information on the report, go to 247wallst.com/special-report/2017/07/17/sports-teams-running-out-of-fans-2/5/.