Everblades Break Single-Game Attendance Record … Again

For the second time in two weeks, Florida broke its single-game attendance record with a crowd of 7,581 on January 31 against South Carolina. The Everblades drew 7,386 on January 17 against Roanoke, surpassing the 7,209 on February 26, 1999 against Pensacola. Florida has had four sellouts and leads the ECHL averaging 5,961 fans per game.

Reading had crowds of 5,589 on February 1 and 6,342 on January 30 raising its average attendance to 5,389 per game, second in the ECHL. South Carolina is third in the league averaging 5,056 per game while Peoria is fourth with 5,048 per game.

The ECHL has had 22 sellout crowds in 2003-04 led by Idaho which has five sellouts, including a season-high 5,304 on November 28 against Fresno. Alaska has had three sellouts, including a season-high 6,293 on November 22 against Idaho, and the Aces are averaging 4,309 for 25 home dates, up over 61 percent from the first 25 games in 2002-03. Idaho will host San Diego for the first time on February 4, 6 and 7 while Alaska returns to action for the first time since January 24 when it hosts Las Vegas for the first time on February 6-8.

The ECHL has drawn over 2.5 million for the 11th consecutive season and is averaging 3,715 per game through 679 games, up almost five percent from its average of 3,540 through the first 16 weeks of 2002-03