The second weekend of the 2011-12 ECHL season saw seven teams open their home schedules, including the league’s two newest teams. The Colorado Eagles welcomed sell-out crowds of 5,289 fans to each of their first two games at the Budweiser Events Center, extending their own professional hockey record to 313 consecutive sellouts. The Chicago Express opened their home season on Saturday with a crowd of 5,472 at Sears Centre Arena.
Saturday also marked the return of Trenton Titans, who played their first game at Sun National Bank Center since the 2007 Kelly Cup Playoffs with a crowd of 5,211, the largest home-opening crowd in Trenton since 2005-06.
The Las Vegas Wranglers had 5,966 fans for their opener on Friday, an increase of 35 percent over their 2010-11 home opener. Wheeling improved its home opener by nearly 17 percent over last season as the Nailers welcomed 3,855 fans for their opener on Saturday against Elmira.
Gwinnett had a crowd of 5,440 for its home opener on Friday while Reading had 3,957 on Saturday against Cincinnati.
Nineteen of the league’s 20 teams have hosted their home opener, with an average attendance of 5,015. Cincinnati is the final team to host its home opener, which will take place on Nov. 5.