ECHL attendance up nearly 12 percent from last season


The ECHL enjoyed a strong week at the box office last week, as an average of 5,703 fans attended the 29 games around the league.


Fort Wayne, which leads the ECHL with 7,409 fans per game, had two crowds of over 7,400 for its two home games over the weekend. Ontario had 6,316 on Friday against Utah and then welcomed 8,939 for Saturday’s game against the Grizzlies. The Reign have led the league in attendance each of the last three seasons, and are currently second in the league with 7,224 per game.


The expansion Orlando Solar Bears had their third-largest crowd of the season on Saturday against Trenton as 8,650 fans were on hand at Amway Center. It was Orlando’s sixth crowd of over 7,000 this season.


Three clubs had their largest crowds of the season on Saturday. Stockton surpassed 8,000 for the third time this season with 8,919 against Idaho; Gwinnett welcomed 9,587 against South Carolina and Las Vegas had 7,100 fans for its game against Alaska.


For the season, the league average is 4,606 fans per game, an increase of 11.8 percent over the same time last season. The ECHL is on pace for its largest per-game average since welcoming 4,774 per game during the 1999-2000 season.


The ECHL has averaged over 4,000 fans per game for each of the last eight seasons and 20 times in the last 22 years.


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