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Wings fans at road games

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As soon as the game started last night, i noticed an extreme amount of red in the stands in the lower bowl (the only part you can see from the broadcast camera).

I noticed back in like 97-00 or so, a lot of wings fans at road games, it was red wings mania (much like the cowboys and yankees).... but this year has been amazing, IMO. LETS GO RED WINGS chants at a decent amount of the games, red sweaters all over the stands, cheering when the wings score a goal..... i didnt notice that as much since the early 2000s, but the road fans seem to be in abundance again.

So, whats the deal? why does it seem that all of the sudden there are more (or as many as when detroit first became hockeytown) wings fans than ever? they have been dominant for about 20 years now, so its not like its because of a recent string of success. Or am i just forgetting, and its been like this for a long long time?

i will say this though... i love it :cool:

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Tampa game was crazy with wings fans- Mickey kept talking about it.

I was at a Wild game this December and there were a TON of Wings fans. The entire area right behind the Wings bench where I was sitting was all Wings fans.

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Tampa game was crazy with wings fans- Mickey kept talking about it.

I was at a Wild game this December and there were a TON of Wings fans. The entire area right behind the Wings bench where I was sitting was all Wings fans.

last night was the most red ive ever seen, that i can recall, at an away game. it was quite a sight (from the TV anyways :hehe:

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When the Lightning or Panthers play a northern team at home, there's always a ton of opposing jerseys in the stadium because of snow birds. In fact, didn't one of the Florida teams actually advertise to the opposing team's fans in order to sell more tickets?

Same type of thing with the Coyotes. People don't grow up in Arizona, most are transplants.

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It definitely wasn't limited to just the lower bowl last night. Pretty much every section was at least 50% red. There were definitely some older people there, but it seemed to be mostly people in their 30s and 40s. Some of us move to Florida before we retire :)

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Heck! I want to say it was more like 75/25 Red in the stands! It was insane!!!! There was a chick that was by us that shouted "Let's go Bolts" and everyone just turned and looked at her like she was insane! HAHA! Not only are there the snowbirds....there is a large military fan base of people from Michigan...with the CG Bases and MacDill here as well!

Las't nights game was amazing and I am so glad we got to go!

(and I didn't see any other Hudler jerseys!)

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The quote of the night came from Daniels when they were talking about the Wings crowds at away games. It went something like:

"There are a lot at Phoenix games, too, at least back when they were attracting crowds."

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Everyone got the hell out of Detroit and moved to other places but they know where their loyalties lie.

I read an article one time (I'll try to find it) that said the Red Wings fan base is one of the best traveling fan bases of any professional or college team. I believe it came from SI but I'm not sure but it's so true. Every time you watch a game on TV or listen on the radio, you see Red in the audience and it's never just a patch, it's everywhere. When you listen and the Wings score, you can hear the Red Wings fans cheering. Last night was a ridculous example. They couldn't stop talking about the amount of Red in the crowd. That's one of my favorite parts about being a "wing-nut" is that almost any city you visit, you are going to find fellow Wing fans.

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Man, it had to have sucked to be Tampa and look up into the stands and see more fans of your opponent at a home game that your own fans.

The lower bowl looked like it was about 75% Wings fans!!!

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Last night was close to what it looked like at the Wings/Thrashers game down here in Atlanta. It was amazing. I loved it.

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I was at the Boston game last Friday night with my son, who's a big Bruin fan I had my red Wings sweatshirt on and thought I may be in for a long night sitting amongst Bruin season ticket holders. I was surprised how many Wing fans there were at the Garden. They definitely had a voice each time Detroit scored. We had dinner and beers at "Fours", a little 2-story sports pub across the street and the Wings fans almost outnumbered the Bruins fans in there 2-1. It was a pleasent surprise. We were all buying each other beers. I met Jimmy Howard's father-in-law in line to the men's room, who was down from Maine. I think people just like many of those original 6 teams and they have a huge national following. Detroit has been a winner for so long and a pretty class organization, they've become a measuring stick for other organizations.

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Red Wings fans usually comprise about 25-35% of the crowd here in Denver.

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Like us or not, but Bettman BETTER kiss our @sses and never take us for granted. We fill the arenas of all his crappy southern markets!

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Red Wings fans usually comprise about 25-35% of the crowd here in Denver.

I second that - always a huge amount of Wings fans here in Denver at the games. Last year I went into the restroom and it was completely full of Wings fans singing away, and then some Av's fan tried to start an Avs chant and we all drowned him out.

Fun.

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When the Lightning or Panthers play a northern team at home, there's always a ton of opposing jerseys in the stadium because of snow birds. In fact, didn't one of the Florida teams actually advertise to the opposing team's fans in order to sell more tickets?

Same type of thing with the Coyotes. People don't grow up in Arizona, most are transplants.

The Panthers were advertising to Montreal fans to try to sell tickets, it was pretty funny imo. But the snow birds take over down there, There were just as many Wings fans as Panthers and Lightning fans.

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When the Lightning or Panthers play a northern team at home, there's always a ton of opposing jerseys in the stadium because of snow birds. In fact, didn't one of the Florida teams actually advertise to the opposing team's fans in order to sell more tickets?

Same type of thing with the Coyotes. People don't grow up in Arizona, most are transplants.

Indeed they did, to Habs fans. On the front page of their website was something like "Hey Canadiens fans, come see your Habs battle the Panthers in South Florida!" or something to that effect.

A similar situation was Pittsburgh at Columbus earlier this season - the ENTIRE left half of Nationwide was Penguins fans. Just look at the (maybe) 6 people who cheer the Jacket's goal at 1:18.

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Well with the latest census information, it shows that michigan was the only state to have lost population. The away crowds are only going to get bigger in the next 10 years when more people move out of Michigan.

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I second that - always a huge amount of Wings fans here in Denver at the games. Last year I went into the restroom and it was completely full of Wings fans singing away, and then some Av's fan tried to start an Avs chant and we all drowned him out.

Fun.

I third it! I love going to the games knowing that some other Wing fan will be within high-fiving distance of us when the Wings score. So fun!

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