Attendance data available on hockeydb.com
- I want to let people know that I have added seasonal attendance information to hockeydb.com. Most of the data came from Howe Sportsdata files, and I have extracted some from Marc Foster's old attendance database which used to appear on the HRA website.
The data current exists of:
AHL, 49 seasons, from 1962-63 to 2010-11
ECHL, 23 seasons, from 1988-89 to 2010-11
CHL, 19 seasons, from 1992-93 to 2010-11
NHL, 17 seasons, from 1993-94 to 2010-11
IHL, 13 seasons, from 1991-92 to 2009-10
UHL, 10 seasons, from 1997-98 to 2006-07
WCHL, 8 seasons, from 1995-96 to 2002-03
WHA, 7 seasons, from 1972-73 to 1978-79
SPHL, 7 seasons, from 2004-05 to 2010-11
CPHL, 5 seasons, from 1963-64 to 1967-68
WPHL, 5 seasons, from 1996-97 to 2000-01
SuHL, 3 seasons, from 1992-93 to 1994-95
CoHL, 2 seasons, from 1995-96 to 1996-97
USHL, 2 seasons, from 1996-97 to 1997-98
ACHL, 1 seasons, from 2002-03 to 2002-03
AHA, 1 seasons, from 1992-93 to 1992-93
SEHL, 1 seasons, from 2003-04 to 2003-04
WHA2, 1 seasons, from 2003-04 to 2003-04
SHL, 1 seasons, from 1995-96 to 1995-96
I will be able to fill in some other USHL seasons and also Colonial League seasons from HRA data; I think the old CHL data is there too. As is mentioned on Marc's archive, historical NHL data is basically on a team-by-team basis, based on the teams that chose to release this information.
A couple of glaring omissions are the old WHL and early AHL data. This data can likely be compiled from game reports, although it will be difficult because it wasn't listed in boxscores, it was in the game articles, which means you need to find a newspaper that covered each game in some depth. I found it frustrating that the Springfield Republican only gave approximate attendance figures for the games in Springfield, probably rounded up, but it gave exact figures for other venues.
The data can be accessed two ways; first, via the team standings page, such as:
You can also graph data across teams (as long as they don't overlap seasons) by searching for a team here:
Selecting the team, and pressing "Attendance" button.