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If the NHL Plays to Empty Arenas, Here’s How Much Money They’ll Lose Out On

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In mid-March, the coronavirus put a pause on the 2019-2020 NHL season. On May 26, the league officially announced that it would end the regular season and move straight into the playoffs if play is able to resume. Commissioner Gary Bettman revealed that the league will go with a 24-team, conference-based postseason tournament. In this format, the top four teams in each conference will play in separate round-robin tournaments to determine first-round seeding; the remaining 16 teams, seeded according to their conference standing, will take part in best-of-five play-in series.

However, if your team hasn’t been eliminated by the new setup and you’re getting excited about scoring some tickets, you’ve been deked. Much like the NBA, UFC and WWE, the NHL is taking COVID-19 seriously and will play without fans in two hub cities to lower the risk of virus transference.

With the regular season coming to a premature end and fans no longer allowed inside arenas, franchises are looking at a sizable dent in their bottom line. GOBankingRates examined how much money each team makes off of fans from their home games — from tickets to food and merchandise — and found the total yearly revenue they could be losing out on. The teams were ranked from least to most amount of revenue potentially lost. Keep reading to discover how much it costs sports teams when they play to empty venues.

Last updated: May 27, 2020

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Arizona Coyotes

  • Average attendance: 13,989
  • Average ticket price: $41.84
  • Revenue per home game: $2,487,804.88
  • Gate receipts per home game: $585,365.85
  • Yearly gate receipts: $24,000,000
  • Food and merchandise revenue per home game: $1,902,439.02
  • Yearly food and merchandise revenue: $78,000,000

Annual revenue: $102,000,000

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Florida Panthers

  • Average attendance: 13,261
  • Average ticket price: $31.27
  • Revenue per home game: $2,560,975.61
  • Gate receipts per home game: $414,634.15
  • Yearly gate receipts: $17,000,000
  • Food and merchandise revenue per home game: $2,146,341.46
  • Yearly food and merchandise revenue: $88,000,000

Annual revenue: $105,000,000

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New York Islanders

  • Average attendance: 12,442
  • Average ticket price: $58.81
  • Revenue per home game: $2,804,878.05
  • Gate receipts per home game: $731,707.32
  • Yearly gate receipts: $30,000,000
  • Food and merchandise revenue per home game: $2,073,170.73
  • Yearly food and merchandise revenue: $85,000,000

Annual revenue: $115,000,000

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Columbus Blue Jackets

  • Average attendance: 16,658
  • Average ticket price: $60.03
  • Revenue per home game: $2,902,439.02
  • Gate receipts per home game: $1,000,000.00
  • Yearly gate receipts: $41,000,000
  • Food and merchandise revenue per home game: $1,902,439.02
  • Yearly food and merchandise revenue: $78,000,000

Annual revenue: $119,000,000

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Ottawa Senators

  • Average attendance: 14,553
  • Average ticket price: $53.63
  • Revenue per home game: $3,097,560.98
  • Gate receipts per home game: $780,487.80
  • Yearly gate receipts: $32,000,000
  • Food and merchandise revenue per home game: $2,317,073.17
  • Yearly food and merchandise revenue: $95,000,000

Annual revenue: $127,000,000

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Winnipeg Jets

  • Average attendance: 15,276
  • Average ticket price: $84.62
  • Revenue per home game: $3,097,560.98
  • Gate receipts per home game: $1,292,682.93
  • Yearly gate receipts: $53,000,000
  • Food and merchandise revenue per home game: $1,804,878.05
  • Yearly food and merchandise revenue: $74,000,000

Annual revenue: $127,000,000

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Carolina Hurricanes

  • Average attendance: 14,322
  • Average ticket price: $61.31
  • Revenue per home game: $3,121,951.22
  • Gate receipts per home game: $878,048.78
  • Yearly gate receipts: $36,000,000
  • Food and merchandise revenue per home game: $2,243,902.44
  • Yearly food and merchandise revenue: $92,000,000

Annual revenue: $128,000,000

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Colorado Avalanche

  • Average attendance: 17,132
  • Average ticket price: $56.95
  • Revenue per home game: $3,170,731.71
  • Gate receipts per home game: $975,609.76
  • Yearly gate receipts: $40,000,000
  • Food and merchandise revenue per home game: $2,195,121.95
  • Yearly food and merchandise revenue: $90,000,000

Annual revenue: $130,000,000

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Buffalo Sabres

  • Average attendance: 17,908
  • Average ticket price: $55.84
  • Revenue per home game: $3,292,682.93
  • Gate receipts per home game: $1,000,000.00
  • Yearly gate receipts: $41,000,000
  • Food and merchandise revenue per home game: $2,292,682.93
  • Yearly food and merchandise revenue: $94,000,000

Annual revenue: $135,000,000

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Nashville Predators

  • Average attendance: 17,445
  • Average ticket price: $65.71
  • Revenue per home game: $3,292,682.93
  • Gate receipts per home game: $1,146,341.46
  • Yearly gate receipts: $47,000,000
  • Food and merchandise revenue per home game: $2,146,341.46
  • Yearly food and merchandise revenue: $88,000,000

Annual revenue: $135,000,000

Anaheim Ducks

  • Average attendance: 16,814
  • Average ticket price: $59.47
  • Revenue per home game: $3,341,463.41
  • Gate receipts per home game: $1,000,000.00
  • Yearly gate receipts: $41,000,000
  • Food and merchandise revenue per home game: $2,341,463.41
  • Yearly food and merchandise revenue: $96,000,000

Annual revenue: $137,000,000

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Calgary Flames

  • Average attendance: 18,501
  • Average ticket price: $81.74
  • Revenue per home game: $3,365,853.66
  • Gate receipts per home game: $1,512,195.12
  • Yearly gate receipts: $62,000,000
  • Food and merchandise revenue per home game: $1,853,658.54
  • Yearly food and merchandise revenue: $76,000,000

Annual revenue: $138,000,000

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Tampa Bay Lightning

  • Average attendance: 19,092
  • Average ticket price: $62,60
  • Revenue per home game: $3,414,634.15
  • Gate receipts per home game: $1,195,121.95
  • Yearly gate receipts: $49,000,000
  • Food and merchandise revenue per home game: $2,219,512.20
  • Yearly food and merchandise revenue: $91,000,000

Annual revenue: $140,000,000

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Minnesota Wild

  • Average attendance: 18,907
  • Average ticket price: $74.82
  • Revenue per home game: $3,634,146.34
  • Gate receipts per home game: $1,414,634.15
  • Yearly gate receipts: $58,000,000
  • Food and merchandise revenue per home game: $2,219,512.20
  • Yearly food and merchandise revenue: $91,000,000

Annual revenue: $149,000,000

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Edmonton Oilers

  • Average attendance: 18,347
  • Average ticket price: $87.74
  • Revenue per home game: $3,756,097.56
  • Gate receipts per home game: $1,609,756.10
  • Yearly gate receipts: $66,000,000
  • Food and merchandise revenue per home game: $2,146,341.46
  • Yearly food and merchandise revenue: $88,000,000

Annual revenue: $154,000,000

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San Jose Sharks

  • Average attendance: 17,266
  • Average ticket price: $103.12
  • Revenue per home game: $4,000,000.00
  • Gate receipts per home game: $1,780,487.80
  • Yearly gate receipts: $73,000,000
  • Food and merchandise revenue per home game: $2,219,512.20
  • Yearly food and merchandise revenue: $91,000,000

Annual revenue: $164,000,000

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Dallas Stars

  • Average attendance: 18,178
  • Average ticket price: $63.06
  • Revenue per home game: $4,048,780.49
  • Gate receipts per home game: $1,146,341.46
  • Yearly gate receipts: $47,000,000
  • Food and merchandise revenue per home game: $2,902,439.02
  • Yearly food and merchandise revenue: $119,000,000

Annual revenue: $166,000,000

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Vegas Golden Knights

  • Average attendance: 18,318
  • Average ticket price: $111.85
  • Revenue per home game: $4,073,170.73
  • Gate receipts per home game: $2,048,780.49
  • Yearly gate receipts: $84,000,000
  • Food and merchandise revenue per home game: $2,024,390.24
  • Yearly food and merchandise revenue: $83,000,000

Annual revenue: $167,000,000

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Vancouver Canucks

  • Average attendance: 18,022
  • Average ticket price: $89,32
  • Revenue per home game: $4,073,170.73
  • Gate receipts per home game: $1,609,756.10
  • Yearly gate receipts: $66,000,000
  • Food and merchandise revenue per home game: $2,463,414
  • Yearly food and merchandise revenue: $101,000,000

Annual revenue: $167,000,000

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St. Louis Blues

  • Average attendance: 17,361
  • Average ticket price: $85.70
  • Revenue per home game: $4,170,731.71
  • Gate receipts per home game: $1,487,804.88
  • Yearly gate receipts: $61,000,000
  • Food and merchandise revenue per home game: $2,682,926.83
  • Yearly food and merchandise revenue: $110,000,000

Annual revenue: $171,000,000

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Washington Capitals

  • Average attendance: 18,508
  • Average ticket price: $101.47
  • Revenue per home game: $4,390,243.90
  • Gate receipts per home game: $1,878,048.78
  • Yearly gate receipts: $77,000,000
  • Food and merchandise revenue per home game: $2,512,195.12
  • Yearly food and merchandise revenue: $103,000,000

Annual revenue: $180,000,000

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New Jersey Devils

  • Average attendance: 14,834
  • Average ticket price: $70.70
  • Revenue per home game: $4,414,634.15
  • Gate receipts per home game: $1,048,780.49
  • Yearly gate receipts: $43,000,000
  • Food and merchandise revenue per home game: $3,365,853.66
  • Yearly food and merchandise revenue: $138,000,000

Annual revenue: $181,000,000

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Detroit Red Wings

  • Average attendance: 19,120
  • Average ticket price: $86.74
  • Revenue per home game: $4,463,414.63
  • Gate receipts per home game: $1,658,536.59
  • Yearly gate receipts: $68,000,000
  • Food and merchandise revenue per home game: $2,804,878.05
  • Yearly food and merchandise revenue: $115,000,000

Annual revenue: $183,000,000

 

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Pittsburgh Penguins

  • Average attendance: 18,565
  • Average ticket price: $99.85
  • Revenue per home game: $4,487,804.88
  • Gate receipts per home game: $1,853,658.54
  • Yearly gate receipts: $76,000,000
  • Food and merchandise revenue per home game: $2,634,146.34
  • Yearly food and merchandise revenue: $108,000,000

Annual revenue: $184,000,000

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Philadelphia Flyers

  • Average attendance: 20,371
  • Average ticket price: $81,42
  • Revenue per home game: $4,560,975.61
  • Gate receipts per home game: $1,658,536.59
  • Yearly gate receipts: $68,000,000
  • Food and merchandise revenue per home game: $2,902,439.02
  • Yearly food and merchandise revenue: $119,000,000

Annual revenue: $187,000,000

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Los Angeles Kings

  • Average attendance: 18,000
  • Average ticket price: $81.30
  • Revenue per home game: $4,951,219.51
  • Gate receipts per home game: $1,463,414.63
  • Yearly gate receipts: $60,000,000
  • Food and merchandise revenue per home game: $3,487,804.88
  • Yearly food and merchandise revenue: $143,000,000

Annual revenue: $203,000,000

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Chicago Blackhawks

  • Average attendance: 22,734
  • Average ticket price: $106.21
  • Revenue per home game: $5,073,170.73
  • Gate receipts per home game: $2,414,634.15
  • Yearly gate receipts: $99,000,000
  • Food and merchandise revenue per home game: $2,658,536.59
  • Yearly food and merchandise revenue: $109,000,000

Annual revenue: $208,000,000

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Boston Bruins

  • Average attendance: 17,565
  • Average ticket price: $156.91
  • Revenue per home game: $5,560,975.61
  • Gate receipts per home game: $2,756,097.56
  • Yearly gate receipts: $113,000,000
  • Food and merchandise revenue per home game: $2,804,878.05
  • Yearly food and merchandise revenue: $115,000,000

Annual revenue: $228,000,000

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Montreal Canadiens

  • Average attendance: 21,046
  • Average ticket price: $105.46
  • Revenue per home game: $5,926,829.27
  • Gate receipts per home game: $2,219,512.20
  • Yearly gate receipts: $91,000,000
  • Food and merchandise revenue per home game: $3,707,317.07
  • Yearly food and merchandise revenue: $152,000,000

Annual revenue: $243,000,000

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Toronto Maple Leafs

  • Average attendance: 19,276
  • Average ticket price: $122.74
  • Revenue per home game: $5,926,829.27
  • Gate receipts per home game: $2,365,853.66
  • Yearly gate receipts: $97,000,000
  • Food and merchandise revenue per home game: $3,560,975.61
  • Yearly food and merchandise revenue: $146,000,000

Annual revenue: $243,000,000

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New York Rangers

  • Average attendance: 17,318
  • Average ticket price: $145.06
  • Revenue per home game: $6,585,365.85
  • Gate receipts per home game: $2,512,195.12
  • Yearly gate receipts: $103,000,000
  • Food and merchandise revenue per home game: $4,073,170.73
  • Yearly food and merchandise revenue: $167,000,000

Annual revenue: $270,000,000

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Methodology: In order to find what a season played in empty stadiums would cost each franchise, GOBankingRates looked at Forbes’ team evaluations for the National Hockey League (NHL). Using these reports, along with attendance data, for the most recent completed season from ESPN, GOBankingRates found the following data points to measure the revenue each franchise will lose out on in one season without fan attendance: (1) yearly revenue, (2) revenue per home game, (3) yearly gate receipts, (4) gate receipts per home game, (5) average attendance, (6) average ticket price per home game, (7) yearly food and merchandise revenue and (8) food and merchandise revenue per home game. All data was collected on and is up to date as of April 20, 2020.