Making sense of the Leafs’ recent drop in attendance

On Monday night, the Leafs played a game against an American team for the first time since Game 5 against the Blue Jackets. It was an exciting affair where they dominated from start to finish and included Auston Matthews’ return, but they were undone in overtime by the Rangers’ star Artemi Panarin.
Somewhat lost in the shuffle of that game was the emergence of a new trend to begin this season: the Leafs have yet to record a sellout at Scotiabank Arena.

18,098 at Scotiabank Arena tonight. Maple Leafs yet to sell out a game this season.
— luke fox (@lukefoxjukebox) October 19, 2021

To put into perspective the percentage of tickets sold for the first three games, the Leafs had a 98.3% capacity for their season opener, 96.8% for Saturday’s game, and 96.2% for their most recent contest. By comparison, the majority of American teams have been posting strong attendance numbers while every other Canadian team (with the lone exception being the Canadiens) has not had a sellout crowd.
Upon first glance, this drop in attendance could be a result of a few key factors.
There is the obvious one of the COVID-19 pandemic still raging on and there are several fans who remain hesitant to …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

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