The fourth week of the ECHL season brought the largest crowd since 2003 in Cincinnati, back-to-back sellouts in Elmira and more than 10,000 for the second time this year in Gwinnett.
The ECHL will surpass 67 million fans this week, including more than 63 million who have watched 14,263 regular season games. The third-longest tenured professional league behind only the National Hockey League and the American Hockey League, the ECHL is averaging 4,064 per game as it looks to average more than 4,000 fans for the fourth season in a row and the 16th time in 20 years.
Cincinnati had 6,430 for its game against Augusta on Nov. 10, which is the fifth largest crowd in team history and the largest attendance since Jan. 24, 2003. The Cyclones average attendance is up 23.6 percent from last season when they returned to the league after a two-year hiatus.
Elmira has had a league-leading four sellouts in its first eight games, including Nov. 9 against Dayton and Nov. 10 against Bakersfield. The Jackals are averaging 3,575 per game, which is 94.5 percent of capacity for the 3784-seat First Arena and up more than four percent from last season.
Gwinnett had a season-high 10,353 for its game against Texas on Nov. 10, the second time this season and the seventh time in the last three years that the Gladiators have had a crowd over 10,000.
Florida had over 13,000 for two games against Columbia and is second in the league with 6,890 per game, which is 97.3 percent of capacity for Germain Arena and up 9.3 percent from last season. The Everblades have had 12 consecutive crowds over 6,000, including six in excess 7,000, for an average of 6,878 per game. Celebrating its 10th season in the ECHL, Florida has never averaged less than 6,200 and led the league in attendance for a record five seasons in a row from 2000-05.
Charlotte had its second sellout of the year with 6,897 on Nov. 10 to raise its average to 5,619 per game. Since moving into Charlotte Bobcats Arena, the Checkers have led the ECHL in sellouts each of the last two years with 11 in 2006-07 and 10 in 2005-06. The downtown arena has a listed capacity of 6,800 for hockey, but can accommodate larger crowds including a team record 11,237 on Feb. 10 against Texas.