Attendance stays strong in week two


ECHL attendance stayed strong for the second consecutive week as six more teams hosted home openers during the second week of the 2012-13 season. Through two weeks, the ECHL is averaging 5,146 fans per game, a 13 percent increase over last season.


Kalamazoo welcomed a standing-room only crowd of 5,183 to Wings Stadium on Saturday against Fort Wayne, giving the K-Wings their largest home-opening crowd in their four seasons in the ECHL.


Playing its first ECHL game at Amway Center on Saturday, the Orlando Solar Bears had a capacity crowd of 9,555 fans to see a 4-3 shootout win against Florida.


Alaska had 5,328 fans for its opener on Friday, marking the sixth time in the last seven seasons that the Aces had at least 5,000 fans for its first home game of the season.


Gwinnett exceeded 5,000 fans for its opener for the seventh consecutive season with 5,612 on Friday, while Las Vegas also went over 5,000 with 5,656 on Friday against Stockton.


Wheeling will be the final team to host its opener when the Nailers meet Reading on Friday.


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