SAINT PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota Wild set new franchise records for regular-season attendance and average attendance with 18,848 attending tonight's final 2016-17 regular-season home game. Tuesday's game also marks the 646th sellout in team history including preseason and playoff games.
Total attendance for regular-season games played at Xcel Energy Center this season was 781,915 for an average of 19,071, both are franchise records. All 41 regular-season home games at Xcel Energy Center were sellouts with 34 contests topping 19,000 in attendance. The previous regular-season attendance record was 779,974 set in 2014-15 and the previous average attendance record was 19,062 set last season.
"Our fans, especially our season ticket holders, deserve the credit," said Chief Operating Officer Matt Majka. "It has been a remarkable season, both on and off the ice, and we're grateful to have a full house every game night."
The Wild has sold out 147 consecutive regular-season games and all 29 playoff games in franchise history. Regular-season attendance has topped 750,000 in 13 of the team's 16 seasons. 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 official seating capacity for Minnesota Wild games is 17,954. Standing-room only tickets allow for additional capacity.
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 for Game Three of the 2014 Western Conference Semifinal Series against the Chicago Blackhawks on May 16, 2014.