Toronto Maple Leafs attendance

The Leafs are so bad that attendance is finally down

Has it finally happened? Are the Toronto Maple Leafs so bad that attendance at the Air Canada Centre has taken a hit? If last night's game against the Minnesota Wild is any indication, fans seem to have reached a new level of frustration with the poorly performing team.

Last night's announced attendance was 18,366, which is the lowest ever recorded at the ACC (though, in fairness, the arena's capacity is 18,819). The Leafs scrambled to sell off tickets on game day at some of the lowest prices that have been seen in years, but they didn't manage to get up to capacity.

While this is just one game -- against the Wild, no less -- it does raise some questions. With the on-ice product so bad and virtually nothing at stake as the team runs out the string, have Leafs fans finally decided that tickets just aren't worth the cash? Is the most exciting thing about this team the possibility that it could win the draft lottery?

One game does not a trend make, but there might just be a chink in the armour of MLSE. Historically, the Leafs box office has been amazing regardless of the team's performance, but it's possible that there are limits to the support the city is willing to show to the failing franchise.

Photo by Howard Yang in the blogTO Flickr pool.


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