I stumbled across some early season NBA attendance numbers tonight, and thought I'd pass them along. You know, just for fun. Just to stay to true to the spirit that Harriet Tubman had in mind when she invented blogging back in 1735.
Anyway, one month into the season, and the Celtics rank sixth in the NBA in total attendance at 167,616. Only the Lakers, Clippers, Bulls, Thunder and Mavericks have had more fans walk through their doors. And when you consider that of the Top 6 teams, that the Celtics are tied for the fewest home games played (nine, with Dallas and Chicago), the total is even more impressive.
At the same time, there are also a ton of teams who have played fewer home games than the C's, so the totals are kind of skewed. Instead, if you take the average per game attendance, Boston only ranks 11th in the league. Pretty much in the middle of the pack.
So what gives? How is it that teams like the Raptors and Warriors are drawing more fans a game than the C's? Does this have something to do with Aztec Gino? Is he scaring people away?
No, he's not (although he is horrible). The truth is that the Celtics have fewer fans per night, because they have a smaller arena. 18,624 is all that the Garden can handle. And that's what it's handled in each of the Celtics nine home games. In fact, as of tonight, the C's are one of only six in the league to be at full capacity for the season.
Bottom line: The jungle is still rocking every single night.
Next up: A few more home wins. It may be early, but 5-4 just doesn't cut it for the C's. Especially if they have any aspirations of keeping that perfect attendance.