The ECHL had one of its best attendance nights in the last six years on Saturday as 81,475 fans attended 12 games for an average of 6,790 per game. San Diego drew 12,240 and Charlotte had a team record 10,945 while Bakersfield, Gwinnett, Las Vegas and Trenton all had crowds over 7,000.
The league averaged 4,618 per game on Friday and 4,219 on Sunday and begins the week averaging 4,257 per game which is an increase of more than eight percent from last season and on pace to be the highest average attendance since 4,319 per game in 2000-01.
The ECHL has had 24 sellout crowds and nine crowds of more than 10,000 in 2005-06 led by San Diego which had the largest crowd in its history with 13,001 on Nov. 5 and 12,240 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 had 10,894 on Nov. 25 and 10,945 on Saturday.
Charlotte had a team record crowd of 10,945 on Saturday marking the fifth Saturday in a row that there has been a sellout crowd at Bobcats Arena which had 7,638 on Feb. 11, 9,644 on Feb. 4, 9,844 on Jan. 28 and 9,852 on Jan. 21. The listed capacity for the new facility is 6,800, but additional sections can be opened to accommodate larger crowds. The Checkers have a league-leading eight sellouts and rank third in the league with 5,839 per game which is an increase of 15.7 percent from 2004-05.
Stockton continues to lead the league with 6,102 per game which is the highest average attendance since 2001-02 when Florida had 6,619 per game. Florida, which had to postpone its season opener for a week because of Hurricane Wanda, ranks second with 6,026 per game.
The crowd of 12,240 on Saturday is the second-largest crowd since San Diego joined the ECHL and it is the eighth time in the last three seasons that the Gulls have had a crowd of over 10,000. Trenton had its largest crowd of the season with 7,143 on Saturday and combined with Friday’s crowd of 4,813, the Titans increased their average attendance to 4,274 per game.
Bakersfield had 7,264 on Saturday which is the third largest crowd of the season and the fourth crowd of more than 7,000 this year. The Condors are fourth in the league in average attendance with 5,738 which is an increase of six percent from last year.
Gwinnett had 7,412 on Saturday which is the fifth-largest crowd of the season and the fifth crowd of more than 7,400 this year. The Gladiators have had two crowds of more than 10,000 this season with 10,376 on Feb. 4 against Pensacola and a capacity crowd of 11,355 on Nov. 11 against Florida and are fifth in the league with 5,488 per game.
Reading had 6,073 on Sunday and increased its average attendance to 5,452 per game, up from 5,012 per game a year ago to rank sixth in the league.