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The AHL, considered the Triple-A level of North American hockey, averaged 5,100 fans per game during the '09-10 regular season, flat compared to last season. The top three teams in average gate -- the Hershey Bears, Manitoba Moose and Chicago Wolves -- each saw gains at home compared to '08-09. Hershey led the AHL in attendance for the fourth straight season, and its total attendance of 380,791 was a club record. The Abbotsford Heat got a welcome reception during their first season in British Columbia, as average attendance jumped 28.4% from the club's final season in Quad City, Iowa, last year. The Peoria Rivermen were the only other club to see a double-digit jump at the gate -- up 13.5% from last season. Four clubs saw double-digit drops in home attendance, including the Adirondack Phantoms, who wrapped up their first season in Glen Falls, New York, after 14 years in Philadelphia. Listed below is team-by-team attendance for the AHL, with comparisons to the '08-09 season (THE DAILY).'09-10 AHL REGULAR-SEASON ATTENDANCETEAMGMSTOTALAVG.PREV.% +/-'08-09 GMSHershey Bears40380,7919,5208,9875.9%40Manitoba Moose40323,4288,0867,7694.1%40
Chicago Wolves40318,5147,9637,3168.8%40 Grand Rapids Griffins40280,6277,0167,448-5.8%40 Providence Bruins40270,7816,7706,3436.7%40 Lake Erie Monsters40259,3466,4845,9349.3%40 W-B/Scranton Penguins40250,7906,2706,984-10.2%40 Milwaukee Admirals40241,0736,0275,8782.5%40 Houston Aeros40230,8065,7705,982-3.5%40 Texas Stars*40214,2095,355n/an/a40 Syracuse Crunch40211,7715,2945,2111.6%40 Manchester Monarchs40211,7045,2935,882-10.0%40 San Antonio Rampage40209,4145,2355,1671.3%40 Peoria Rivermen40182,3864,5604,01913.5%40 Hamilton Bulldogs40174,9524,3744,624-5.4%40 Portland Pirates40173,7954,3454,828-10.0%40 Rochester Americans40169,4594,2364,0803.8%40 Hartford Wolf Pack40167,5124,1884,190-0.1%40 Bridgeport Sound Tigers40163,6634,0924,528-9.6%40 Toronto Marlies40162,7844,0703,7289.2%40 Adirondack Phantoms**40160,7224,0186,459-37.8%40 Rockford IceHogs40159,1203,9783,9091.8%40 Abbotsford Heat^40155,8913,8973,03528.4%40 Norfolk Admirals40154,1973,8554,109-6.2%40 Albany River Rats40150,0223,7513,5396.0%40 Worcester Sharks40146,8773,6723,902-5.9%40 Springfield Falcons40145,7643,6443,952-7.8%40 Binghamton Senators40145,1633,6293,917-7.4%40 Lowell Devils4099,9192,4982,2938.9%40 AHL TOTALS1,1605,915,4805,1005,115-0.3%1,160
NOTES: '08-09 attendance includes the Iowa Chops, who ceased operations following last season. * = Expansion team. ** = Formerly the Philadelphia Phantoms. ^ = Played last season as Quad City (IA) Flames before relocating to Abbotsford.