DiBella's Group Buying Double-A Biscuits Warriors Rolling Out New Humorous Spots WNBA President Responds To Wiggins' Comments Throwback Subway Will Continue To Sponsor No. 19 Car Real Madrid, MLS Close To All-Star Deal MLBAM Signs Deal With 15 Seconds Of Fame Cowboys To Face Cardinals In HOF Game Romneys Bidding For Small Stake In Yankees First Data Lands Rights To Mets' Fla. Complex
SBD/Issue 156/The Back of the BookPrint All
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.