The State of Hockey came out in full force this season. With 19,010 attending Monday night’s final 2014-15 regular-season home game, the National Hockey League’s Minnesota Wild set team records for attendance in a season. Total attendance for the regular season was 779,974 and average attendance was 19,024. All 41 regular-season home games were sellouts with 31 contests topping 19,000 in attendance at Xcel Energy Center.
“Our thanks goes directly to our incredibly loyal base of season ticket holders and fans who’ve supported our team across the State of Hockey,” said Wild Owner and Chairman Craig Leipold. “They give our team the home ice advantage every single night and make Xcel Energy Center one of the toughest places to play in the NHL.”
The Wild has sold out 72 straight contests, including last year’s playoff games. The official seating capacity for Minnesota Wild games is 17,954. Standing-room only tickets allow for additional capacity.
The previous regular-season team attendance records were 761,614 and an average of 18,576 set during the 2005-06 regular season. Regular-season attendance has topped 750,000 a total of 11 times in 14 seasons, one of them being a shortened season. During the 2000-01 campaign, Minnesota set an NHL expansion team attendance record when it drew 751,472 fans in 41 regular season home dates.
The Wild sold out the first 409 games in team history, including 369 regular season games, 27 preseason contests and 13 playoff games. The club’s sellout streak of 409 games was the third-longest recorded sellout streak in NHL history behind Colorado (487) and Detroit (452).
The largest crowd ever to see a Wild game at Xcel Energy Center is 19,416 on May 16, 2014, in Game Three of the Western Conference Semifinal Series against the Chicago Blackhawks.