The ECHL surpassed the one-million mark in attendance for the season over the weekend. Overall this year, the ECHL is averaging 4,545 fans per game through 225 games, an increase of over 2.8 percent over the comparable point last season.
Las Vegas returned home for the first time since early November on Friday, and had 7,008 fans against Bakersfield and followed that up with 6,529 on Sunday for its Teddy Bear Toss game against San Francisco.
Ontario, which leads the ECHL with 7,714 fans per game, surpassed its average for both of its home games over the weekend, welcoming 7,847 on Friday and 7,836 on Saturday. The Reign have had more than 7,000 fans at seven of their 11 home games this season.
Orlando, which ranks fourth in the league with 5,614 per game, welcomed two crowds in excess of 6,000 this weekend, and had 5,226 for its weekend finale on Sunday.
Evansville had its third-largest crowd of the season on Saturday with 7,573 fans at Ford Center for its game against Toledo. The IceMen rank seventh in the league with 5,280 fans per game.
Florida had 6,442 fans on Saturday against Colorado, giving the Everblades their largest crowd thus far this season. The Everblades are averaging 5,043 fans per game, and have been over 5,000 per game in each of their first 15 seasons in the ECHL.
Last season, the ECHL averaged 4,695 fans per game, the highest single-season average since 1999-2000, and marking the ninth consecutive season and the 21st time in the last 23 years that the ECHL has averaged over 4,000 fans.