Comparion of Double header Attendance

After receiving Mr. Meyer's email, I was surprised to hear that attendance dropped when a city hosted the same road team for 2 nights in a row. Mr. Meyer's explaination was that fans felt that since it was the same teams both nights they would choose 1 of the two games, but if there are different opponents on the two nights, fans are more likely to go to both games. I decided to investigate this.

I again loaded the data from the 2000-2001 Central Hockey league season and looked for "double headers." I then divided these into "True" double headers, with the same teams in both games, and "Mixed" double headers, where the road team changes. I also found 1 rare "Triple header" where San Antonio hosted 3 different teams in 3 nights in late December.

The table below contains early information from my investigation. I used the single game attendance (games that are not part of a double header or triple header) as the "basis", thus the 0% in the "Single" column.

The data in the 2 Double Header columns is the percentage change from the single game attendance. Across the board, Mixed Double Header games had attendance higher than single games. This is likely because Double Headers are almost always on weekends, either Friday & Saturday, or Saturday & Sunday. In the True Double HEader column, the number if the percentage difference from the Single Game attendance. The numbers in red are the cities where attendance was lower for True Double Headers than a Mixed Double header. Three of the eight teams that had True Double Headers showed a rise in attendance (2 over 30% increse). Five of the eight cities showed a loss in attendance from Mixed Double Headers to True Double Headers. it is interesting that two teams, memphis and Topeka actually had lower attendance for true Double Headers than for Single game home stands.

Following the table is a graph of the data in the table.

Team Single MixDbl TrueDbl MixTriple Average
Border City 0% 11% 31% 14%
Columbus 0% 11% 6%
Fayetteville 0% 22% 18% 13%
Huntsville 0% 27% 22% 16%
Indianapolis 0% 22% 30% 17%
Macon 0% 3% 1%
Memphis 0% 13% -7% 2%
Oklahoma City 0% 13% 18% 10%
San Antonio 0% 52% 17% 50% 30%
Topeka 0% 1% -22% -7%
Tulsa 0% 1% 0%
Wichita 0% 4% 2%
Average 0% 15% 13% 50% 20%
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