Crazy-Low Attendance Numbers For Sabres First Three Home Games
The Buffalo Sabres have come pretty close at shocking the world, or at least Buffalo, with their performance in the first three games of the regular season.
The Sabres are 3-0 and it features to very convincing wins against the Montreal Canadiens and Vancouver Canucks. Forwards Kyle Okposo and Jeff Skinner are playing lights out, while the defense has held up and the goaltending from Craig Anderson has been great.
Sure, it's only three games, but the Sabres were picked to finish last by many. It's a testament to head coach Don Granato and his staff.
However, the fan attendance at the first three home games at KeyBank Center has been anything but impressive. In fact, it's been downright embarrassing
WKBW is reporting that the attendance has been super low for the first three home games, and the number has actually decreased with each passing game.
Just under 8,500 people attended the home opener. That went to just under 7,900 for the Saturday afternoon game against the Arizona Coyotes, and then just under 7,400 for the Tuesday night game against the Vancouver Canucks.
For reference, KeyBank's capacity is 19,070 with an average attendance of 17,000 from the 2019-2020 season.
The fact that the Canadian border remains closed for Canadians sure doesn't help either. There's also a vaccine mandate at KeyBank Center.
Still, the attendance should not be that unbelievably low. It goes to show just how fed up the Sabres fanbase is and that even in a hockey hotbed market like Buffalo, fans won't go to see a team that has not made the playoffs in a decade and have alienated fans,
If the Sabres keep winning that number will go up, but we probably shouldn't be too surprised that the attendance has been this low.