The two largest crowds of the year in Mississippi and the biggest crowd of the season in Reading helped the ECHL raise its average attendance for the eighth week in a row to 4,153 per game.
The Premier ‘AA’ Hockey League has drawn 2,832,686 fans for 682 games and is on pace to surpass 3 million fans for the 16th season in a row.
Mississippi had 7,162 on Friday and 7,417 on Saturday to increase its attendance to 3,156 per game while Reading had 6,844 on Saturday and over 11,000 for two games to increase its attendance to 4972 per game.
Bakersfield and Las Vegas each drew more than 12,000 for two games and raised their average attendance to 5,542 and 4,547 per game, respectively. Alaska had over 19,000 for its final four regular season home games to raise its attendance to 4,682 per game and Charlotte had almost 16,000 for three games to raise its attendance to 5,187 per game. Victoria increased its attendance to 4,831 per game after drawing nearly 21,000 for four games while Dayton and Trenton both had their average grow to 3,573 per game and 2,614 per game, respectively.
Stockton and Florida remain first and second with 6,221 per game and 5,617 per game, respectively, while expansion Ontario is third with 5,558 per game. The Thunder are trying to become the first team to lead the ECHL in attendance for four consecutive seasons since the Everblades led the league for a record five straight years from 2000-05.