A record-setting crowd in Cincinnati combined with the largest crowd of the year in Augusta and sellouts in Alaska, Florida and Stockton helped the ECHL increase its attendance for the eighth week in a row.
The league has surpassed 3.5 million fans for the 13th consecutive season, and with an average of 4,126 per game is on pace to exceed 3.7 million fans.
Cincinnati had a sellout crowd of 9,615 for its last home game on Mar. 28, breaking the team record of 7,584 on Nov. 29, 2002. The Cyclones have raised their average attendance by 36.8 percent from a year ago, which is the largest increase of the nine teams that have raised their average. Victoria has raised its average by 11.9 percent while Augusta is up 10.4 percent after having 5,452 on Mar. 29 and Mississippi is up by 9.6 percent.
Alaska had its second sellout of the season with a team record tying 6,451 on Mar. 29. It is the 20th regular season sellout for the Aces and the seventh time that they have had a crowd of 6,451 in the regular season.
Florida had its fifth sellout of the year with 7,284 on Mar. 29 to increase its average to 5,965 per game. The Everblades, who have three home games remaining, led the league in attendance for five straight years from 2000-05 and have not averaged less than 6,200 in their nine seasons.
Stockton had its fourth sellout of the season and the 12th in three seasons with 9,737 on Mar. 29 to finish first in the league with 239,337 fans and an average of 6,648 per game. The Thunder are the first team other than Florida to lead the ECHL in attendance three years in a row since Louisiana from 1995-99.
Bakersfield had more than 18,700 fans for three games to raise its average to 5,629 which is fifth in the league while Reading drew over 18,400 for three games to raise its average to 5,450 which is sixth. Texas had their second-largest crowd of the year with 4,270 on Mar. 29.
There have been 45 sellouts this season, which is the most in the last five seasons and the fourth time in the last five years that there have been at least 40 sellouts. Elmira leads the league with 13 sellouts followed by Charlotte with 11 sellouts, Idaho with eight sellouts and Florida with five sellouts.
Seven teams have set the record for their largest crowd while Alaska has tied its record for the 10th time. The teams that set records for crowds are Bakersfield (8,895 on Nov. 24, 2007), Charlotte (12,256 on Feb. 23), Cincinnati (9,615 on Mar. 28, 2008), Elmira (4,187 on Nov. 9, 2007), Idaho (5,631 on Jan. 16), Johnstown (4,238 on Nov. 30, 2007) and South Carolina (10,565 on Jan. 19).