“We’re on the bandwagon no matter what”: Leafs fans on what it would take for them to finally stop buying tickets
It takes a lot to get Toronto Maple Leafs fans to stop supporting their team, but they may have finally started to give up. Last week, only 18,366 paid ticket-holders showed up at the Air Canada Centre to see the Leafs lose 2–1 to the Minnesota Wild—the smallest crowd in the team’s 16 years at that venue, and one of the only times they hadn’t sold it out. Tickets that would usually be snatched up for premium prices at this time of year were listed for as low as $29 a pair on StubHub for that night’s game. But what would it finally take to get the rest of the Leafs’ loyal fans to stop buying tickets? Before Thursday night’s game against the Florida Panthers (they lost that one, too—4–1), we asked some of them.