Home crowds up from last season
TAMPA — The Lightning announced an average crowd for its first 11 home games of 16,168. But Hillsborough County records show the average crowd based on turnstile count through the first 10 games (the latest figures available) was 12,291.
Unavailable was how many of those tickets were actually sold.
The good news for Tampa Bay is the numbers are up 4.3 percent and 16.2 percent, respectively, from last season, when the announced crowd, which measures tickets distributed, averaged 15,497 and the turnstile count through the first 12 games averaged 10,576.
"We are pleased to see the attendance increase over last season, but clearly we have plenty of work to do as we move forward this winter," team spokesman Bill Wickett said.
Wednesday's game against the Thrashers was an indication of that. The team announced a crowd of 14,441 in the 19,758-seat arena for an important Southeast Division game.
Damian Cristodero, Times staff writer