Photos from Monday’s Florida Panthers game at the BB&T Center in Sunrise are just sad to look at.
The Panthers’ arena is built to accommodate 19,250 people, but the team rarely comes close to drawing enough fans to fill it. Florida is dead last in the NHL in attendance, averaging just 9,365 people per game. In 2013-14, the Panthers were 29th, beating out the Arizona Coyotes by approximately 400 people per game.
On Columbus Day, just 7,311 people — the lowest mark in Panthers franchise history — showed up for the game against the Ottawa Senators. The Panthers even put up a curtain in the upper deck to lower the capacity to just over 15,000.
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The Panthers haven’t won a playoff series since 1996 and haven’t posted a winning record since 2011-12. To make matters worse for the lowly team, Florida fell to Ottawa 1-0 and remains winless on the season at 0-2-1.