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  • AHL Regular-Season Attendance Flat Compared To '08-09 Campaign

    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 ATTENDANCE
    TEAM
    GMS
    TOTAL
    AVG.
    PREV.
    % +/-
    '08-09 GMS
    Hershey Bears
    40
    380,791
    9,520
    8,987
    5.9%
    40
    Manitoba Moose
    40
    323,428
    8,086
    7,769
    4.1%
    40
    Chicago Wolves
    40
    318,514
    7,963
    7,316
    8.8%
    40
    Grand Rapids Griffins
    40
    280,627
    7,016
    7,448
    -5.8%
    40
    Providence Bruins
    40
    270,781
    6,770
    6,343
    6.7%
    40
    Lake Erie Monsters
    40
    259,346
    6,484
    5,934
    9.3%
    40
    W-B/Scranton Penguins
    40
    250,790
    6,270
    6,984
    -10.2%
    40
    Milwaukee Admirals
    40
    241,073
    6,027
    5,878
    2.5%
    40
    Houston Aeros
    40
    230,806
    5,770
    5,982
    -3.5%
    40
    Texas Stars*
    40
    214,209
    5,355
    n/a
    n/a
    40
    Syracuse Crunch
    40
    211,771
    5,294
    5,211
    1.6%
    40
    Manchester Monarchs
    40
    211,704
    5,293
    5,882
    -10.0%
    40
    San Antonio Rampage
    40
    209,414
    5,235
    5,167
    1.3%
    40
    Peoria Rivermen
    40
    182,386
    4,560
    4,019
    13.5%
    40
    Hamilton Bulldogs
    40
    174,952
    4,374
    4,624
    -5.4%
    40
    Portland Pirates
    40
    173,795
    4,345
    4,828
    -10.0%
    40
    Rochester Americans
    40
    169,459
    4,236
    4,080
    3.8%
    40
    Hartford Wolf Pack
    40
    167,512
    4,188
    4,190
    -0.1%
    40
    Bridgeport Sound Tigers
    40
    163,663
    4,092
    4,528
    -9.6%
    40
    Toronto Marlies
    40
    162,784
    4,070
    3,728
    9.2%
    40
    Adirondack Phantoms**
    40
    160,722
    4,018
    6,459
    -37.8%
    40
    Rockford IceHogs
    40
    159,120
    3,978
    3,909
    1.8%
    40
    Abbotsford Heat^
    40
    155,891
    3,897
    3,035
    28.4%
    40
    Norfolk Admirals
    40
    154,197
    3,855
    4,109
    -6.2%
    40
    Albany River Rats
    40
    150,022
    3,751
    3,539
    6.0%
    40
    Worcester Sharks
    40
    146,877
    3,672
    3,902
    -5.9%
    40
    Springfield Falcons
    40
    145,764
    3,644
    3,952
    -7.8%
    40
    Binghamton Senators
    40
    145,163
    3,629
    3,917
    -7.4%
    40
    Lowell Devils
    40
    99,919
    2,498
    2,293
    8.9%
    40
    AHL TOTALS
    1,160
    5,915,480
    5,100
    5,115
    -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.

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