Florida Panthers' Nearly Empty Arena Fuels Relocation Rumors

Tyler Brooke@TylerDBrookeSenior Analyst IIOctober 14, 2014


This is not the kind of crowd that will get you pumped up for a home game.

The picture above is from warm-ups prior to Monday night's Florida Panthers-Ottawa Senators matchup at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida.

Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun also tweeted a photo depicting the attendance at the start of the game:

Bruce Garrioch @SunGarrioch

The "crowd" for warmup at BB&T Center #Sens http://t.co/JJOZ4X7K6Q

After the first period, TSN's Gord Miller showed the venue was still almost completely empty:

Bruce Garrioch @SunGarrioch

Game time #Sens #Panthers http://t.co/WR0Vwb2l0H

As if it were possible, here's an even less flattering view of the crowd:

Gord Miller @GMillerTSN

First period in Florida. Ouch. http://t.co/fVadcUrhby

Later, Garrioch tweeted that the official attendance was only at 7,311, the lowest in franchise history. What's worse is that the real number of people at the game was probably even smaller.

Josh Rimer @JoshRimerPR

Ouch! @brianfein: Not exactly making a great case against the Canadian elitists. #FlaPanthers #WhereIsEveryone http://t.co/U4VP4OQpif

The Panthers have struggled throughout the history of the franchise, and it's no surprise that a cold-weather sport is unpopular in a warm climate. Attendance like this is going to add even more fuel to the relocation rumors.

[Twitter, h/t CBS Sports]


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