Atlanta still a terrible sports town
Dec 17, 2010
They say a picture is worth 10,000 empty seats and Atlanta embodies that comment for professional sports more than any city on the planet. Before you say well it is the Atlanta Thrashers or the NHL, the NBA tenant isn't lighting it up either (pun intended). The Thrashers are playing their best hockey in years and had a chance to move up in the standings against a divisional opponent. The announced attendance was 11,043 which is slightly less than the 11,877 the second plash Thrash have been drawing. Phillips holds 18,750 for hockey and 18,729 for NBA games (yes the Hawks still play in Atlanta). The Hawks average 13,934 and trail the Miami Heat by 3 games, and yes, both Atlanta teams place well in the lower third of each league.
If you look close at the picture, that is a black curtain that is blocking off the 400 section, so seating is actually less than the reported number at the Phillips Arena. If there was 11K at the Canes/Thrashers game Thursday night, then you'd believe that the Braves have sold out every playoff game they've had.