Elmira, Idaho Have Consecutive Sellout Crowds

Sellouts for the third consecutive Friday and Saturday in Idaho and the seventh Saturday in a row with a capacity crowd in Elmira helped the ECHL raise its average attendance for the fourth straight week to 4,084 per game.

The league has drawn 2,903,436 fans and will surpass 3 million fans for the 15th consecutive season.

Idaho had 5,223 on Feb. 29 and the second-largest crowd in its history with 5,579 on Mar. 1 to raise its average to 4,322 per game. It is the third Friday and Saturday in a row that they have had standing-room-only crowds. The Steelheads are third in the league this season with seven sellouts, and they have 41 capacity crowds since joining the league as an expansion team in 2003-04.

For the seventh Saturday in a row, Elmira had a sold out crowd with 4,056 on Mar. 1. The Jackals lead the ECHL with 12 sellouts and are averaging 3,583 per game, which is 94.7 percent of the capacity of First Arena and up 4.5 percent from a year ago.

Gwinnett had more than 10,000 for the fourth time this season with 10,342 on Mar. 1. It is the seventh time in the last two years and the 11th time in history that Gwinnett has drawn more than 10,000 fans for a game. The Gladiators raised their average attendance to 5,688 per game, which is up 0.6 percent from last season.

Stockton had 24,000 for four games, including 8,822 on Feb. 29, and the Thunder continue to lead the league with 6,466 per game.

Victoria had almost 15,000 for three games to raise its average to 4,717 per game, up 11 percent from last season as the Salmon Kings look to raise their average for the third straight year.

Seven teams have raised their average attendance from a year ago led by Cincinnati with 30.8 percent, Victoria with 11 percent and Augusta with 10.4 percent.

There have been 36 sellouts this season and five teams have had the largest crowd in their history with 8,895 in Bakersfield and 4,238 in Johnstown on Nov. 30, 4,981 in Elmira on Dec. 29, 5,631 in Idaho on Jan. 16, 10,565 in South Carolina on Jan. 19 and 12,256 in Charlotte on Feb. 23.