The fourth-largest crowd of the season in Dayton and strong weekends by attendance leaders Alaska, Charlotte, Florida and Gwinnett helped the ECHL surpass 3 million fans for the 14th consecutive season. With four weeks and 158 games remaining in the regular season, the league has drawn 3,047,722 for 742 games, which is an average of 4,107 per game.
Stockton continues to lead the league with 6,783 per game, which is the largest average since 2000-01 and up 6.5 percent from a year ago when they led the league in their inaugural season. Florida had more than 13,400 for its two games to raise its average to 6,115 per game, which is second in the league followed by Charlotte at 5,916 per game.
Johnstown raised its average again to 2,545 per game, which is up 4.9 percent from a year ago while Gwinnett, which had its sixth-largest crowd of the year with 7,177 on Mar. 10, is fifth in the league with 5,620 per game, which is up 1.7 percent.
Alaska has drawn almost 32,000 the last two weekends raising its average to 5,079, which is seventh in the league and an increase of 3.86 percent from last season while Bakersfield is fourth with 5,710 per game, which is up 1.9 percent from a year ago. Since joining as expansion teams in 2003-04, the Condors and Aces have raised their average attendance by 24.2 percent and 17.0 percent, respectively.
Dayton had its fourth-largest crowd of the season with 7,411 on Mar. 10 raising its average to 3,862 per game, which is up a league-leading 10.53 percent from last season. Fresno has the second-highest increase with 8.92 percent to 4,904 while Utah has increased its average by 8.78 percent to 3,844 per game, which is the third-highest growth as 12 of the 23 returning teams have increased average attendance.
The ECHL is trying to raise attendance for the fourth year in a row for the first time ever after having its largest average since 1999-2000 in 2005-06 with 4,327 per game as 13 of 22 returning teams raised their attendance.