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Spittin Chiclets podcast calls out Leafs dead arena


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Liam
October 19, 2023  (8:25 PM)
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After the first week of the season, the Toronto Maple Leafs are hearing some harsh criticism from one of the most influential podcasts in hockey. The Spittin' Chiclets Podcast is calling out the Leafs and their fans for being some of the quietest in the NHL.

For a team that's a Stanley Cup Contender with generational players, the building was dead quiet during the home opener, and even after Matthews scored back-to-back hat tricks on home ice. Paul Bissonette and Ryan Whitney even noted that barely anyone threw their hats on the ice for Matthews.
The hosts referred to Scotiabank Arena as the Toronto Yacht Club, referring to the infamous crowd of ‘suits' in the lower bowl - people attending the game solely for business purposes, as Leafs games are some of the most lauded and expensive attractions in Toronto.
Of course, there are plenty of passionate fans towards the upper bowl, and plenty more outside that can't afford to attend ridiculously priced games. Paul Bissonette even suggested that the team switch the upper and lower bowl for a game to make a difference in the crowd noise.
It's not a new phenomenon, but the Leafs once again are facing the problems of pricing their fans out of the building. The team makes a lot of league revenue from ticket prices, but real fans rarely have an opportunity to go to a game.
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