My oldest called me in front of the television from my office Thursday night-- "Come look at this on television." He was referring to the telecast of MSU's home opening hockey game against Ohio State and I don't know how many people they claimed were there but I've never seen it so sparse-- at least on television anyway. It's sure different from yesteryear, when current MSU coaches Tom Anastos and Kelly Miller were Spartan stars themselves for Ron Mason and the school boasted on the public address system each night about the latest consecutive sellout number.
Munn seats 7,000 and luxury suites were added about ten years ago and they were a hit at first, but no more because the demand for tickets is at an all time low. Munn was built in 1975 and the current Spartans just aren't the winners they'd produced in the arena over the years. But there are a myriad of reasons why hockey attendance is so spare. I don't know if it will come back anywhere close to those glory years any time soon, but obviously there is a perception out there that the MSU teams just aren't the dominant winners they once were. Whether a new arena would turn things around or not who knows-- but that's not the only issue in having the building filled for home games, scenes that are now just distant memories.