Three sellouts highlight first week of 2013


With two crowds over 10,000 fans last week, and two other sell-outs, the ECHL approaches the halfway point of the season with an average of 4,485 fans per game, an increase of 12.5 percent over the same point last season.


Cincinnati welcomed a team regular-season record of 12,228 fans on Saturday against Fort Wayne while the Komets, who led the ECHL with 7,438 per game, welcomed their largest crowd of the season with 10,103 for its New Year’s Eve game against Toledo. It was the Fort Wayne’s third crowd of over 9,000 this season.


Ontario, which has led the ECHL in attendance each of the last three seasons, had its second sell-out crowd of the season on Saturday with 9,616 for its game against Alaska, and followed that up with 6,752 on Sunday against the Aces. The Reign are second in the league with an average of 7,070 per game, which is a 10.8 percent increase over their final attendance last season.


Toledo had its third sell-out of the season on Saturday with 7,823 on Saturday against Orlando. The Walleye, who rank fourth in the league with 5,975 per game, have had nine crowds of over 6,000 fans this season and have averaged 7,275 over their last four games.


Greenville welcomed its largest crowd of the season on Saturday with 3,939 against Florida while Wheeling had its third-largest crowd of the season on Saturday with 3,148 against Trenton. Reading went over the 4,000 mark for the seventh time this season on Saturday with 4,274 fans for its game against Elmira.


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