With a glove-tap to Mirtle for the link, ESPN just released its fan satisfaction survey, an effort to rank all the major sports teams in North America based on fan experience. Amazingly enough, the NHL still counts as a major sports league in North America, and so we were in on the results.
Oiler fans have a funny way of showing their distaste for Rexall
Place - the arena's current sellout streak dates back to November 2005. Then
again, it's not hard to fill one of the NHL's smallest digs (capacity: 16,839),
even if it is the league's third-oldest. Last season's improbable Finals run
helps; so does the fact that the coach and GM - Craig MacTavish and Kevin Lowe,
both former captains—have nine Oiler Cups between them, and serve as constant
reminders of the glory days. The lease isn't up for another seven years, but
already there's talk of ownership demanding a revamp, if not a brand new arena,
as part of a revitalized downtown.