The largest crowd of the season in Victoria, a sellout in Charlotte, more than 10,000 in Gwinnett and over 8,000 in Bakersfield helped the ECHL average almost 4,350 per game last week. With three weeks and 114 games remaining in the regular season, the league has drawn 3,239,099, which is an average of 4,121 per game.
Stockton had more than 17,600 and continues to lead the ECHL with 6,697 per game, which is an increase of 5.3 percent from last season when the Thunder led the league in their inaugural season and is the largest average attendance since 2000-01. Florida continues its late season attendance climb with more than 13,000 for two midweek games to remain second with 6,143 per game.
Charlotte had its league-leading ninth sellout with 9,714 on Mar. 17 and is third with 5,964 per game, an increase of 2.1 percent from a year ago. Victoria had its largest crowd of the season on Mar. 17 and welcomed more than 14,000 for three games to raise its average to 4,092 per game.
Fresno had more than 18,000 for three games, including its third-largest crowd of the season on Mar. 17, to raise its average attendance to 5,011 per game, which is a league-leading 10.9 percent higher than last season.
Gwinnett had more than 10,000 for the third time this season with 10,349 on Mar. 17 as the Gladiators attendance increased to 5,753 which is fifth in the league and up 3.9 percent from a year ago.
Welcoming its third-largest crowd of the year and the second crowd of more than 8,000 in the last three games with 8,292 on Mar. 17, Bakersfield raised its average to 5,796 to rank fourth in the league. The average is up 3.3 percent from last season as the Condors look to raise their attendance for the fourth year in a row since joining as an expansion team in 2003-04.
Phoenix had its third-largest crowd of the season on Mar. 17 and raised its average to 3,637 per game while Johnstown is averaging 2,535 per game, which is up 4.5 percent from a year ago. Reading had almost 13,000 for two games to raise its attendance to 5,290, which is sixth in the league.
Eleven of the returning teams have seen an increase in average attendance including Utah has seen the second-highest average attendance increase with 8.8 percent and Dayton, which is third with 7.1 percent.
The ECHL is trying to raise attendance for the fourth year in a row for the first time ever after having its largest average since 1999-2000 in 2005-06 with 4,327 per game as 13 of 22 returning teams raised their attendance.