PRINCETON, N.J. – The ECHL announced on Tuesday that, if necessary, Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals would be played at the Gwinnett Civic and Culture Center at 7:35 p.m. on Saturday, May 8. The game was previously scheduled to be played at Gwinnett on Sunday, May 9 at 4:05 p.m. ET
Pacific Division Champion Idaho has a 2-1 lead over Central Division Champion Gwinnett in the best-of-five series with Game 4 scheduled at 7:05 p.m. MT on Wednesday at Idaho. In the Eastern Conference Finals, Southern Division Champion Florida has a 2-1 lead over Northern Division Champion Reading in the best-of-five series with Game 4 at 7:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday at Reading. Game 5, if necessary, would be played at Florida on Monday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m. ET.
The ECHL has drawn 29,345 for the first six games of the Conference Finals and has already surpassed the total attendance for the Conference Finals in each of the past two years. The average of 4,891 is 155 percent ahead of last season’s Conference Finals and exceeds the average attendance for each of the past five Conference Finals. Total attendance for the 2004 Kelly Cup Playoffs is 185,438 surpassing the total postseason attendance for each of the past two years. The average attendance of 3,253 is over 47 percent higher than last season and exceeds the average attendance of 2002 by more than 17 percent and the average attendance of 2001 by over eight percent. The average attendance is 30 percent higher than the average combined attendance for the ECHL, through the Conference Finals, and the West Coast Hockey League in 2003.
Wednesday, May 5
Florida at Reading 7:05 p.m. ET
Gwinnett at Idaho 7:05 p.m. MT
Saturday, May 8
*Idaho at Gwinnett 7:35 p.m. ET
Monday, May 10
*Reading at Florida 7:30 p.m. ET
* – if necessary