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Gazette Premium Content Colorado College hockey paid attendance rises despite losing season

By Joe Paisley Published: May 8, 2013

Despite a losing record, Colorado College hockey enjoyed its strongest paid attendance since its first full season at World Arena.

The Tigers' average of 6,979 this past season was an increase of 275 from 2011-12 and marked the highest average since CC drew 7,033, including two low-drawing exhibition games, during the 1998-99 season.

The 2012-13 increase is noteworthy considering the Tigers (18-19-5) suffered their first losing campaign in 20 years, albeit against the nation's second-toughest schedule, and went 9-8-2 at home.

'I am grateful to the fans for coming out for a team that was under .500 much of the year, ' Tigers coach Scott Owens said. 'They did get to see some exciting games against many of the nation's top teams. We will continue to schedule the best teams we can because the fans want and deserve it. '

CC played 27 of its 42 games against nine opponents who made the 16-team NCAA Tournament including eventual champion Yale, which moved past the Tigers for toughest schedule thanks to its postseason run.

That 6,979 average - reflecting tickets sold, not fans in attendance - ranked Colorado College fifth in Division I behind larger venues at No. 1 North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Nebraska-Omaha.

During 2007-08, CC was fourth in Division I with 6,965. The program dipped down to fifth in 2008-09 then sixth in the nation for three seasons in row, prompting a price reduction that led to a rebound in ticket sales.

'That is a major factor for sure, ' said Scott Lowenberg, CC associate director of athletics, external operations. 'We have also increased our group ticket sales as well. '

A strong finish to the past season and the excitement of entering the new National Collegiate Hockey Conference points to strong ticket sales for next year with 100 new season ticket holders already in place, Lowenberg said.

Prices remain the same with season ticket renewals receiving credit for the 2013 playoff games. Season ticket discounts continue through May 31 at cctigers.com/tickets.

AVERAGE ATTENDANCE

NCAA Division I

Rank, team Total Average Capacity

1. North Dakota 243,426 11,592 11,634

2. Minnesota 218,905 9,950 10,000

3. Wisconsin 199,942 9,521 15,237

4. Nebraska-Omaha 130,200 7,233 16,680

5. Colorado College 132,607 6,979 7,343

Other NCHC teams

7. Minnesota-Duluth 111,715 6,206 6,600

11. Denver 126,459 5,269 6,026

15. St. Cloud State 97,084 4,413 5,763

22. Western Michigan 72,658 3,633 3,667

29. Miami 60,071 3,004 3,200

Note: Exhibition games not included. Source: USCHO.com

CC AT HOME

CC attendance at World Arena

Hockey capacity is 7,343

Season, rank Total Games Average

2012-13, fifth 132,607 19 6,979

2011-12, sixth 135,078 20 6,752

2010-11, sixth 147,114 22 6,687

2009-10, sixth 130,957 20 6,548

2008-09, fifth 138,039 21 6,573

2007-08, fourth 139,295 20 6,965

2006-07, fourth 151,034 22 6,865

2005-06, fourth 154,590 23 6,721

2004-05, fifth 143,052 21 6,812

2003-04, sixth 129,488 20 6,474

2002-03, ninth 139,210 21 6,629

Note: Exhibition games not included. Source: USCHO.com

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