Alaska, Johnstown Sellouts Help Attendance Rise

Back-to-back sellouts with 6,251 on Dec. 28 and 6,269 on Dec. 30 and 5,884 on Dec. 31 allowed Alaska to increase its average attendance to 4,748 while Johnstown raised its average attendance to 2,425 with a sellout crowd of 3,907 on Dec. 31.

Stockton drew over 17,000 for three games against Reading, including 8,036 on Dec. 30, and the Thunder continue to lead the league with 6,105 per game while Bakersfield ranks second with 5,985 per game, an increase of 577 per game from last season. Florida average over 6,000 for its two games with Gwinnett on Dec. 30 and 31 and the perennial attendance leader increased its average to 5,978.

The average attendance for the league is 4,072 which is the highest average attendance at the same time in the past three years and an increase of 7.76 percent from the first 11 weeks of 2004-05 and up more than 13 percent from the first 11 weeks of 2003-04.