PRINCETON, N.J. – Drawing more than 163,000 fans and averaging almost 5,000 per game, the ECHL raised its average attendance from 3,885 to 3,935 the weekend of February 18-20, an increase of five percent from the first 18 weeks of last season. The ECHL, which had a slight increase in league-wide average season ticket sales from 2003-04, has drawn 2,733,305 through its first 695 games. The ECHL has surpassed the two million mark each of the past 14 years and will surpass the three million mark for the 12th season in a row.
In addition to Florida’s fourth sellout with a season-high crowd of 7,505, Reading (6,689) and Fresno (7,286) each drew their third-largest crowd as 63,339 fans attended 13 games. The 13 games on Saturday drew 69,993 including the second-largest crowd of the season in San Diego (10,874), the fourth-largest crowd of the season in both Johnstown (3,237) and Las Vegas (5,974) and the third sellout of the year for Idaho with a season-high crowd of 5,403 on Saturday. Greenville had its largest crowd of the season with 5,656 for its annual Education Day on February 15 (5,656) and its third-largest crowd on Saturday (4,986) while Atlantic City had its third-largest crowd on Sunday (4,345) and its fourth-largest crowd on Saturday (4,345).
There have been 29 sellouts in the ECHL led by Victoria with seven sellouts at its temporary home at Bear Mountain Arena and its capacity of 2,513. Alaska and Florida each have four sellouts and Idaho has three sellouts. Augusta, Gwinnett and Toledo each have two sellouts and Columbia, Las Vegas, Louisiana, Reading and Trenton each have one sellout.
With its first two sellouts of 11,355 and another crowd over 10,000, Gwinnett leads the ECHL in average attendance with 6,289 per game, an increase of 25 percent from its average in 2003-04. Florida leads the league in total attendance with 169,357 and is second in average attendance at 6,048 while Reading is third at 5,594, an increase of four percent from last season. San Diego is fourth at 5,433 per game, up eight percent from 2003-04, and Bakersfield is fifth at 5,111, an increase of 13 percent from last year.