Twelve Teams See Increase
In Average Attendance Climbing

Idaho had its fourth sellout in the last five weeks with 5,119 on Feb. 17 while Johnstown had more than 5,000 for the second weekend in a row and South Carolina welcomed more than 8,000 on Feb. 18.

Johnstown raised its average to 2,475 per game which is up more than two percent from last season and South Carolina had more than 18,000 for three game as its average grew to 5,128 per game which is up 2.50 percent from last year.

Twelve of the 23 teams returning from 2005-06 have seen their average attendance increase as the league tries to raise attendance for the fourth year in a row for the first time ever. The ECHL had its largest average since 1999-2000 with 4,327 per game in 2005-06 when 13 of 22 returning teams raised attendance.

Stockton continues to lead the league with 6,978 per game which is up more than nine percent from 2005-06 when the Thunder led the league in their inaugural season. Stockton’s average is the largest since 2000-01 when Florida led the ECHL with 7,086 per game and Greenville was second with 7,015.

Trenton saw its average continue to increase after having its largest crowd of the year on Feb. 17 and Reading had its third-largest crowd of the season with 6,712 on Feb. 18. Victoria had almost 12,000 in attendance for its three-game sweep of Stockton while Bakersfield had more than 12,000 for two games to raise its average to 5,662 per game. The Condors average is up from last season as they try to increase average attendance for the fourth straight season since joining as an expansion team in 2003-04.

Toledo had its fifth crowd of more than 5,000 and raised its average to 4,207 per game which is an increase of 5.63 from a year ago while Augusta had almost 6,000 for two games to raise its average attendance for the third week in a row.

Dayton leads the league in increased attendance with 13.37 percent while Utah is second with 11.90 percent and Fresno is third with 10.45 percent. The Bombers are averaging 3,988 per game while the Grizzlies and Falcons are averaging 4,363 per game and 4,987 per game, respectively.

Welcoming almost 18,000 for three games, including its second-largest crowd of the season with 5,977 on Feb. 18, Phoenix raised its average attendance to 3,552 per game.