A season-high crowd of 8,402 in Utah, sellout crowds in Stockton and Charlotte and more than 6,000 in Gwinnett and Reading allowed the ECHL to average more than 6,000 per game for one of its best Friday nights in recent history.
Saturday saw Charlotte, Idaho and Reading have sellout crowds while Stockton drew more than 8,600 and San Diego topped 8,000 and Las Vegas had over 6,200 as the ECHL surpassed 3.5 million for the 11th year in a row.
Crowds over 5,000 in Stockton, Gwinnett and Trenton on Sunday allowed the league to increase its average attendance for the 11th week in a row to 4,327 per game which is up more than nine percent from last season.
The ECHL surpassed three millions fans in the shortest number of games since 1999-2000 and the league continues to move towards having its highest average attendance since 2000-01 when it averaged 4,319 per game.
The ECHL has had 35 sellout crowds and 13 crowds of more than 10,000 led by San Diego and Stockton who have both had four crowds over 10,000. Gwinnett has two crowds in excess of 10,000, including a sellout of 11,355 on Nov. 11, while Charlotte drew 10,894 on Nov. 25 and 10,945 on Feb. 18 and Fresno had 10,814 on Mar. 18.
Stockton drew 10,117 for the fourth time this season on Friday and had 8,675 on Saturday and 5,450 on Sunday to raise its average attendance to 6,240 per game which leads the league and is the highest average attendance since 2002-03 when Florida averaged 6,245 per game. The Thunder is looking to become the first team other than Florida to lead the ECHL in attendance since 2000-01.
Florida is second in the league with 6,164 per game and will play its last two regular season home games this weekend, hosting Pensacola on Friday and Greenville on Saturday. The Everblades have led the league in total and average attendance each of the past five seasons and have led the Kelly Cup Playoffs in average attendance in every one of their six seasons in the league.
Charlotte has a league-leading 10 sellouts while Idaho has seven and Florida and Stockton each have five. The listed capacity for Bobcats Arena is 6,800, but additional sections can be opened to accommodate larger crowds including 7,941 on Friday and 9,109 on Saturday. The Checkers have had two crowds over 10,000 and four crowds of more than 9,000 and are averaging 5,835 per game which is third in the league and an increase of more than 15 percent from last season.
San Diego had more than 13,000 for its two games to raise its average attendance to 5,745 per game which is up from last season and fourth in the league. Gwinnett had almost 12,000 for its two games and raised its average to 5,569 which is fifth in the ECHL. The sellout crowd of 7,215 in Reading on Saturday included the one-millionth fan in team history and allowed the Royals to raise their average attendance to 5,546 per game which is up two percent from a year ago and sixth in the league. Toledo had its second-largest crowd of the year with 4,590 on Saturday and raised its average attendance to 3,938 per game.