Gulls Draw Over 12,000 For Second Straight Saturday

For the second straight Saturday, San Diego had a crowd of over 12,000 while Florida averaged over 7,000 for its South Division showdown with Gwinnett to help the ECHL increase its average attendance to 4,272 per game which is an increase of almost 10 percent from last season and on pace to be the highest average attendance since 4,319 per game in 2000-01.

San Diego had 12,358 on Saturday while Florida recorded its second sellout of the year with 7,356 on Saturday. The 14,371 for the two games against Gwinnett increased the Everblades average attendance to 6,109 and allowed them to move past Stockton into first place in average attendance which they have led each of the past six seasons. Florida also took over the total attendance lead with 171,060 for 28 home games. The crowd of 12,358 is the second-largest ECHL crowd for the Gulls and the ninth time since they joined the league in 2003-04 that they have had a crowd of more than 10,000. In the last two weeks, San Diego has increased its average attendance by 10 percent and ranks fifth in the league with 5,630 per game.

The ECHL has had 25 sellout crowds and 10 crowds of more than 10,000 led by San Diego which had a team record 13,001 on Nov. 5 and 12,240 on Feb. 18 and 12,358 on Saturday. Stockton has had three crowds of 10,117 while Gwinnett has two crowds over 10,000, including a sellout crowd of 11,355 on Nov. 11, and Charlotte drew 10,894 on Nov. 25 and 10,945 on Feb. 18.

First-year member Stockton had 8,147 for its game on Saturday and is second with 6,039 per game while Charlotte is third with 5,839 per game which is an increase of 15.7 percent from 2004-05. Charlotte has sold out its last five home games played on Saturday, including a team record crowd of 10,945 on Feb. 18 and leads the league with eight sellouts.

Bakersfield has had four crowds over 7,000 and is fourth in the league with 5,738, an increase of six percent from last season, while Gwinnett is sixth with 5,488 per game. Long Beach had its second-largest crowd of the season with 4,822 on Saturday while Phoenix had its second-largest crowd of the year on Friday with 5,438.