Photo by Jonathan Bachman
Seeing as how we're just over a quarter of the way through the season, it seemed like as good a time as any to start comparing how this year's Hornets' team compares to last year's squad. And, seeing as how at this point last year all the talk was about how the Hornets couldn't draw a crowd, we're going to start with attendance numbers.
Remember when people couldn't stop talking about the Hornets attendance woes? Through 11 games last season, the Hornets drew a dismal average of just 11,277 fans per game. Taking into account that New Orleans Arena has a capacity of 17,188 for Hornets games, that meant the Hive was just 66% full on average not even 3/4 capacity.
Yea ... that's totally not the case this season.
Through their first 11 games this season (not including tonight's matchup against the Sacramento Kings), the Hornets have averaged a much more respectable 16,610 fans per game, including two sellouts. That means the Hive has averaged 97% capacity. Amazing how things can change in just a year.
Other numbers of note that show just how far the Hornets have come in terms of attendance (all numbers are through the first 11 games of this season and last season):
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