The third consecutive sellout by the Florida Everblades and a season-high crowd of 10,814 in Fresno on Saturday helped the ECHL raise its average attendance for the 10th week in a row to 4,299 per game, an increase of 8.7 percent from last season.
Saturday night also had Gwinnett drawing 7,478 while Bakersfield and Las Vegas each had crowds over 6,000 and Idaho had its sixth sellout of the season with 5,203. The Gladiators moved up to sixth in average attendance with 5,546 per game while Bakersfield remains fifth at 5,562 per game.
The ECHL surpassed three millions fans in the shortest number of games since 1999-2000 and the league continues to move towards having its highest average attendance since 2000-01 when it averaged 4,319 per game.
Florida, which has had four sellout crowds and five crowds in excess of 7,000 in its last seven games, sits atop the league with 6,164 per game and is looking to lead the ECHL in attendance for the seventh consecutive season. The Everblades, who have two home games remaining, will be challenged by first-year member Stockton which is second in the league with 6,043 per game. The Thunder, which has had three capacity crowds of 10,117, has eight home games remaining.
The ECHL has had 30 sellout crowds and 12 crowds of more than 10,000 led by San Diego which has four crowds over 10,000. Gwinnett has had two crowds in excess of 10,000, including a sellout of 11,355 on Nov. 11, while Charlotte drew 10,894 on Nov. 25 and 10,945 on Feb. 18.
Johnstown had its third crowd of more than 3,000 with 3,189 on Saturday and the Chiefs are averaging 2,873 for their last seven home games, raising their average attendance to 2,391 per game.
Las Vegas drew almost 13,500 for its West Division showdown with first-place Alaska, making the Wranglers one of 11 teams who saw average attendance increase for the week.