Last night, the Lightning beat the Washington Capitals 3-0 in a battle for first place in the Southeast Division. Paid attendance was 18,135 which is only 91.8% capacity for The St. Pete Times Forum.
On the year, the first place Lightning are 18th in the NHL in attendance, averaging 16,856 tickets sold per game (85.3% capacity).
The game was a weeknight game, but is this more evidence that the local economy is the biggest factor leading to the poor attendance of local sports teams? Keep in mind that many people that want to move the Rays believe that a new stadium should be built in the same area where the St. Pete Times Forum is located.