A strong three-game weekend in Stockton and large turnouts in Gwinnett, Ontario and Toledo helped the ECHL to an average of over 4,200 fans at 28 games last week.
Stockton hosted its fifth-annual “Thunder Goes Pink” Weekend and welcomed over 20,000 fans for its three games against Bakersfield including a season-high 9,015 on Saturday. The Thunder led the ECHL in attendance from 2005-09 becoming the first team to lead in attendance four years in a row since Florida set the league record with five straight years from 2000-05. Stockton has averaged over 6,000 fans per game in each of its five seasons in the league.
Gwinnett, which had its largest home-opening crowd in team history with 10,076 on Oct. 22, welcomed 9,663 on Saturday. The Gladiators are second in the ECHL with an average of 6,234 per game.
Ontario averaged over 6,500 fans for its two games at Citizens Business Bank Arena last week, including 7,700 on Saturday. The Reign have had at least 5,381 fans at each of their three home games this season and lead the ECHL with 7,558 per game.
Toledo had over 13,000 for its two games at Huntington Center last week. The Walleye welcomed 6,033 for their school day game on Wednesday and then had their second sellout of the season on Saturday with 7,468. Toledo has had 14 sellouts in 42 games since rejoining the ECHL last season.
South Carolina was the final ECHL team to host its opener on Friday and had 5,336 at the North Charleston Coliseum. ECHL teams averaged 5,575 fans in their home openers, an increase of 2.5 percent over last season.