The ECHL surpassed the three-million mark in attendance over the weekend, marking the 20th consecutive season that over three million fans have attended ECHL games. Through 652 games, the ECHL is averaging 4,663 fans per game, an increase of 11.6 percent over the same point in the season last year.
Idaho had 4,258 fans on Friday and then welcomed a standing-room only crowd of 5,335 on Saturday against San Francisco. Saturday was the Steelheads’ fifth sell out of the season, and their 4,007 average is a 2.6 percent increase over their final attendance last season.
Florida welcomed 6,072 fans for its game against Evansville on Saturday marking the club’s fifth crowd of at least 6,000 this season.
Fort Wayne, which leads the ECHL with 7,553 per game, surpassed its average in both of its games last week with 7,678 on Friday against Cincinnati and 7,958 on Sunday against Wheeling. The Komets have had nine crowds in excess of 7,000 this season.
Toledo welcomed its sixth sellout of the season at Huntington Center on Saturday with 8,200 in attendance for its matchup against Fort Wayne. The Walleye are fourth in the league with 6,162 per game.
The expansion Orlando Solar Bears continue their impressive showing at the box office, welcoming their eighth crowd of at least 7,000 this season with 7,448 on Friday against Gwinnett. Orlando is third in the league with 6,517 fans per game.
Bakersfield had two large crowds last week with 8,023, its second-largest crowd of the season, on Thursday against Stockton and 6,077 on Saturday against Ontario.
Cincinnati welcomed its third-largest crowd of the season with 7,964 on Saturday against Wheeling. The Cyclones, who have increased their attendance in each of the last five seasons, are 1.6 percent ahead of last season’s final attendance.