More than 10,000 in Gwinnett, sellout crowds in Charlotte and Stockton and the largest crowd since 2002 in South Carolina allowed the ECHL to enjoy one of its best attendance nights in recent history on Saturday as the league’s 12 games drew 76,306 for an average of 6,358 per game.
There were 129,562 fans at ECHL games on Friday and Saturday and the league is averaging 4,213 per game which is an increase of 8.7 percent from 2004-05 and 13.4 percent from 2003-04 and 18.9 percent from 2002-03.
The 10,376 at Gwinnett on Saturday is the second time there have been more than 10,000 at a Gladiators game this season as Gwinnett had a sellout crowd of 11,355 on Nov. 11. There have been 19 sellouts and six crowds of more than 10,000 in the league this year led by San Diego on Nov. 5 with 13,001 which is the largest crowd in the history of the Gulls.
Charlotte had a 9,644 on Saturday marking the third Saturday in a row that there has been a sellout crowd at Bobcats Arena which had 9,844 on Jan. 28 and 9,852 on Jan. 21. The listed capacity for the new facility is 6,800 but additional sections can be opened to accommodate larger crowds. The Checkers have had a league-leading six sellouts and rank third in the league with 5,818 per game which is an increase of more than 15 percent from 2004-05.
South Carolina had 9,082 on Saturday giving the Stingrays more than 17,000 fans in their last two games and 23,000 in the last three games to increase average attendance to 4,875 per game which is ninth in the league.
The 8,923 on Saturday in Stockton is recorded as a sellout as 1,194 retractable seats were not available for sale, giving the first-year member its third sellout crowd at Stockton Arena. The Thunder surpassed 100,000 fans in its first 16 games and continues to lead the league with 6,361 per game, the highest average since 2001-02 when Florida had 6,619 per game.