With sellout crowds in Idaho and Johnstown on March 27, the ECHL increased its average attendance for the 13th consecutive week as it looks to increase its average attendance for the first time since 1996-97. Heading into the final week of the regular season, the ECHL is averaging 3,882 fans per game, which is up more than four and a half percent from its average of 3,860 for the first 24 weeks of 2002-03 and up more than three and a half percent from its season-ending average of 3,750.
The ECHL has drawn 4,153,742 fans this season surpassing the four million mark for the first time since 2001-02 and the sixth time in league history. The league went over the four million mark four consecutive years from 1996-97 to 1999-2000 when it had a league-high 4,678,087 in 1999-2000. At its current average, the ECHL will draw 4,332,312 which would be the fourth-largest season attendance in the 16-year history of the league.
There have been 38 sellout crowds by 14 different teams in the ECHL in 2003-04 led by Idaho which had its 10th sellout of the season with 5,401 for its last regular season home game on March 27. Johnstown had its sixth sellout crowd of the year on March 27 with 3,703 and has increased its average attendance by more than 16 percent to 2,551.
Florida leads the league in total attendance with 209,804 and average attendance with 6,170 while ranking second with seven sellouts. The Everblades will play their final two home games on April 2 and 3.