Attendance Increases For Fifth Straight Week

The largest crowds of the season in Trenton and Utah combined with sellouts in Charlotte and Florida and strong series in both Alaska and Las Vegas helped the ECHL increase its average attendance for the fifth week in a row and surpass 3 million fans for the 15th consecutive year.

With four weeks and 151 games remaining in the regular season, the league has drawn 3,062,695 fans for 749 games, which is an average of 4,089 per game.

Trenton had a season-high crowd of 5,184 on Mar. 8 to raise its average to 3,214 per game while Utah increased its average to 3,649 per game with a season-best 6,085 on Mar. 7.

Florida had its fourth sellout of the season with 7,177 on Mar. 8 as the Everblades raised their average to 5,955 per game, which is second in the league.

Alaska drew almost 23,000 for five games to raise its average to 4,646 per game while Las Vegas averaged 5,571 for its three games to increase its average to 4,799 per game.

Charlotte had 11,879 on Mar. 8, the third straight Saturday crowd of more than 11,000 including a team record 12,256 on Feb. 23, and raised its average to 5,903 per game, which is third in the ECHL and 86.8 percent of the listed capacity for hockey at Charlotte Bobcats Arena. The Checkers are second in the league with 10 sellouts after leading the league each of the past two seasons with 11 in 2006-07 and 10 in 2005-06.

Elmira leads the ECHL with 12 sellouts and is averaging 3,583 per game, which is 94.7 percent of the capacity of First Arena and up 4.5 percent from a year ago. Idaho is third in the league with seven sellouts giving them 41 capacity crowds since joining the league as an expansion team in 2003-04.

There have been 38 sellouts this season and five teams have had the largest crowd in their history with 8,895 in Bakersfield on Nov. 24, 4,238 in Johnstown on Nov. 30, 4,981 in Elmira on Dec. 29, 5,631 in Idaho on Jan. 16, 10,565 in South Carolina on Jan. 19 and 12,256 in Charlotte on Feb. 23.

Seven teams have raised their average attendance from a year ago led by Cincinnati with 26.4 percent, Victoria with 11.1 percent and Mississippi with 9.8 percent.