The fourth-largest crowd in Bakersfield history combined with a sellout in Charlotte and almost 60,000 for three-game home stands in Gwinnett, South Carolina and Stockton helped the ECHL raise its average attendance to 4,154 per game.
Bakersfield, which is looking to raise its attendance for the fourth consecutive year, had 8,743 for its annual “Teddy Bear Toss” game on Saturday. The Condors average attendance is 6,137 per game which is third in the league and up 9.5 percent from last season and almost 36 percent from 2003-04 when they joined as an expansion team.
Stockton welcomed 8,004 on Saturday and moved atop the ECHL with 6,915 per game, an increase of nine percent from the team’s inaugural season when it led the league with 6,343 per game.
Gwinnett drew 5,107 on Saturday and raised its average to 6,532 per game which is second in the league and an increase of more than 18 percent from last season. Dayton is averaging 4,836 per game, an increase of almost 40 percent from a year ago, while Toledo had its third crowd of more than 5,000 on Saturday raising its average to 4,494 per game which is up 13 percent from last season.
South Carolina drew more than 11,000 for its games on Friday and Saturday while Charlotte had its second sellout of the year with 7,133 for its game on Friday. Phoenix welcomed a season-high 5,609 on Saturday and Utah had more than 8,500 for two games to raise its attendance to 4,232 per game which is up 10 percent from last year.
The league has raised its average attendance each of the last three seasons and in 2005-06 averaged 4,372 per game, the largest per-game average since 1999-2000, as 13 of the 22 returning teams increased their average attendance.