ECHL surpasses 3-million mark in attendance


The ECHL surpassed the three-million mark in attendance over the weekend, marking the 21st consecutive season that over three million fans have attended ECHL games.


Ten teams are averaging over 5,000 fans per game, with Ontario leading the way with 7,467 per game. The Reign, who have led the ECHL in attendance four times in the last five seasons, drew nearly 17,000 fans for two games against Alaska last week. Ontario has had eight crowds in excess of 8,000 fans this season.


Right behind Ontario is Fort Wayne, which finished second in attendance last season after leading the league in 2012-13, which has welcomed 7,416 fans per game.


Buoyed a pair of 11,000-plus crowds at Winterfest and a Huntington Center record 8,300 fans on Jan. 24 against Allen, the Toledo Walleye rank third in the ECHL with 6,601 per game. Since returning to the ECHL in 2009-10, Toledo has averaged over 6,000 fans per game four times.


Orlando, which had the third largest crowd in ECHL All-Star Classic history last month, ranks fourth in the league with 6,279 per game while Colorado is fifth with 5,289 per game. The Eagles have sold out every regular-season game they have played at Budweiser Events Center since being founded in 2003-04.


Missouri had had seven sellouts this season and has played to over 90 percent capacity at Independence Events Center this season to rank sixth in the league, averaging 5,228 per game.


Wichita attracted 10,490 fans on Friday against Missouri and then drew 7,005 on Sunday against Allen. The Thunder rank eighth in the league with an average of 5,090 per game.


Florida rounds out the top 10 with 5,033 per game. The Everblades have averaged over 5,000 fans per game each year since joining the ECHL in 1998-99.


Idaho had sold-out crowds on both Friday and Saturday last week against Utah, giving the Steelheads three consecutive Friday/Saturday sell-outs at CenturyLink Arena.


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