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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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