MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Average attendance at Northern Michigan University Hockey games is up by more than 1,200 people per game this year when compared to 2017.
Having the support of the students and community, and creating a strong home ice advantage are important to the players and coaches. (WLUC Photo)
It is now at 3,055 attendees per game, which is the second highest in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Having the support of the students and community, and creating a strong home ice advantage, are important to the players and coaches.
“Even yesterday, the players are talking about it watching the video, and you can hear them talking about, ‘Could you believe that crowd?’ and ‘How great is it to come out to a full building?’ I want to thank everyone for coming out and getting behind our team, you see the jerseys in the stand now, it’s just a great home advantage for us,” said Grant Potulny, Head Coach of the NMU Hockey Team.
This is in part due to the resurgence of the NMU Student Section, called “The Wild.” Last week, they were ranked among the top nine student sections in college hockey by the NCAA.