Dayton drew a crowd of 10,057 to the Nutter Center on Friday breaking the team attendance record of 9,198 set on February 12, 2000 against Wheeling. The Bombers had a crowd of 4,936 on Saturday night to increase their average attendance by more than 15 percent from 2,678 to 3,160, up over 12 percent from the first 20 games of 2002-03.
Dayton’s crowd was the fourth time in 2003-04 that the ECHL has had a crowd over 10,000, joining San Diego (10,188 on November 1) and Fresno (12,462 on November 16 and 11,224 on January 17).
The ECHL has had 21 sellout crowds in 2003-04 led by Idaho which has five sellouts, including 5,304 on November 28 against Fresno. Florida has had three sellouts, including a team record 7,386 on January 17 against Roanoke, and leads the ECHL averaging 5,911 fans per game. Reading had a sellout crowd of 7,215 on October 18 against Texas, the 15th time in team history that the Sovereign Center has been sold out, and the Royals rank second in the league averaging 5,317 fans while Peoria is third averaging 5,056 per game.
Alaska has had three sellouts, including a season-high 6,293 on November 22 against Idaho, and the Aces are averaging 4,310 for 25 home dates, up over 61 percent from the first 25 games in 2002-03. Johnstown has had three sellouts, including a team record 4,191 on November 14 against Wheeling, and the Chiefs are averaging 2,497 for 20 home dates, up more than 20 percent from its first 20 games in 2002-03. Atlantic City had a sellout crowd of 7,040 on December 12 against Cincinnati and the Boardwalk Bullies are averaging 3,189, up more than 19 percent from a year ago.
Greenville had a sellout crowd of 7,479 on October 24 against Charlotte and Las Vegas had a sellout crowd of 7,208 when it opened the Orleans Arena on October 21 against Bakersfield. Texas sold out the Ford Arena on November 8 drawing 8,314 for its home opener against Louisiana, and Toledo had a sellout crowd of 5,361 for its home opener on October 17 against Johnstown.
Other ECHL that have seen increases from last season are Mississippi (26 percent through 20 games), Roanoke (13 percent through 21 games), Columbia (5 percent through 21 games) and Charlotte (2 percent through 17 games),
The ECHL has drawn over two million for the 12th consecutive season and is averaging 3,688 per game for the first 634 games of 2003-04, up more than five percent from its average of 3,509 through the first 15 weeks of 2002-03.