Crowds In Las Vegas, Wheeling
Help ECHL Raise Attendance

The ECHL was able to raise its attendance for the seventh consecutive week following sellout crowds in Charlotte and Idaho combined with the largest crowds of the year in Las Vegas and Wheeling and the second largest crowd of the year in Fresno.

The league has welcomed more than 3.3 million fans and is averaging 4,094 per game, which has it on pace to draw over 3.6 million fans for the 13th season in a row. Nine teams have raised their average attendance from a year ago led by Cincinnati with 25.3 percent, Victoria with 11.9 percent and Mississippi with 9.6 percent.

Charlotte had its 11th sellout of the year on Mar. 21 to surpass 200,000 fans for the third year in a row and the eighth time in its history while raising its average to 5,918 per game, which is third in the league and 87.0 percent of the listed capacity for hockey at Charlotte Bobcats Arena. The Checkers are second in the league with 11 sellouts after leading the league each of the past two seasons with 11 in 2006-07 and 10 in 2005-06.

Idaho raised its average to 4,355 per game after its eighth sellout of the season and the 42nd standing-room-only crowd since it joined the ECHL as an expansion team in 2003-04.

Las Vegas had its biggest crowd of the year with 7,427 on Mar. 21 to raise its average to 4,901 while Wheeling welcomed a season-high 5,131 on Mar. 22.

Victoria continued its attendance growth to 4,752 per game while Fresno moved over 5,000 per game after its second-largest crowd of the year with 11,582 on Mar. 22.

Averaging over 6,300 the past two weeks Reading raised its average to 5,384 while Cincinnati had over 4,100 for a special school day game on Mar. 19 to raise its average to 2,311.

Elmira continues to lead the league with 13 sellouts and the Jackals are averaging 93.3 percent of capacity of First Arena and up 3.0 percent from a year ago.

There have been 41 sellouts this season and Bakersfield (8,895 on Nov. 24, 2007), Johnstown (4,238 on Nov. 30, 2007), Elmira (4,187 on Nov. 9, 2007), Idaho (5,631 on Jan. 16), South Carolina (10,565 on Jan. 19) and Charlotte (12,256 on Feb. 23) have had the largest crowd in their history.