Watching the Oklahoma City Barons game with Toronto on TV recently, I was struck how the Ricoh Stadium in Toronto was nearly full. The average attendance at a Barons game this year was about 20 to 25 percent of the seats in the Cox Center. Toronto put nearly 8,000 people at their games while we managed, on a good night, 3,000. This was during a season when the Barons led the league in nearly every statistic all year long.
I realize the Barons are competing against the Thunder for attention, but the people of Oklahoma City should realize what an amazing spectacle they're missing right next door. The quality of hockey here is outstanding; the speed and excitement of the game shouldn't be missed. The games are inexpensive and the Barons don't compete with the Thunder on plenty of nights. The Barons' season is over. When they start back next year, it would be nice to see a few sold-out games. Attend one or two; you might be surprised at how fun it can be.
Paul Franson, Oklahoma City