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Two nights earlier, when the Flyers scored three third-period goals to knock off the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-1, the official crowd was 16,172, which wouldn’t have been enough to fill the Spectrum back when its capacity was a number everyone in and around Philadelphia had memorized: 17,007.
Those modest figures aren’t anomalous, either.
From the 2017-18 season to last season, the Flyers experienced the largest decline in average home attendance in their history, according to Hockey Database.
They drew 20,372 per game in ’17-18 but just 17,765 last season — their lowest mark since 1995-96, their final season in the smaller, sparer Spectrum.