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SBD/January 28, 2011/Research and RatingsPrint All
The ECHL, considered the Double-A level of North American hockey, is averaging 4,052 fans per game this season, down 2.9% from the same period last year. The Ontario (Calif.) Reign lead all ECHL clubs with 6,207 fans per game, up 5.2% from a year ago. The Greenville Road Warriors, who last season played as the Johnstown (Pa.) Chiefs, have seen attendance increase 76.8% during their first season at the BI-LO Center in South Carolina. The Cincinnati Cyclones, the reigning ECHL Kelly Cup champions, saw the league's biggest attendance jump last year and are continuing to see gains at the gate this season -- up 7.7% to date at U.S. Bank Arena. Two ECHL clubs -- the South Carolina Stingrays and Wheeling Nailers -- are seeing double-digit percentage drops in attendance. Listed below is attendance for each ECHL club through Jan. 27, with comparisons to the same period last year (THE DAILY).ECHL ATTENDANCE THROUGH JAN. 27TEAMGMSTOTALAVG.PREV.% +/-'09-10 GMSOntario Reign20124,1406,2075,8995.2%14Stockton Thunder17104,6186,1546,0062.5%13Toledo Walleye20114,2805,7145,753-0.7%21Gwinnett Gladiators22111,0125,0465,213-3.2%17Bakersfield Condors2099,4404,9725,154-3.5%16
Florida Everblades21100,2334,7735,043-5.4%17 Reading Royals1773,8824,3464,496-3.3%14 Alaska Aces2188,8094,2294,640-8.9%17 Cincinnati Cyclones1976,3424,0183,7307.7%15 Las Vegas Wranglers28107,8283,8514,024-4.3%18 Idaho Steelheads2387,0323,7843,6035.0%18 Victoria Salmon Kings1968,5713,6094,003-9.8%18 Utah Grizzlies1968,3623,5983,679-2.2%19 Elmira Jackals2277,9023,5413,775-6.2%15 Greenville Road Warriors*2380,8223,5141,98776.8%17 South Carolina Stingrays2475,4563,1444,318-27.2%17 Kalamazoo Wings1749,7252,9253,069-4.7%18 Wheeling Nailers2249,0602,2302,538-12.1%16 Trenton Devils2247,0802,1402,1200.9%18 ECHL TOTALS3961,604,5944,0524,175-2.9%336
NOTES: Attendance for last season includes the Charlotte Checkers, who relinquished their ECHL membership to become an AHL club. * = The Johnstown Chiefs following last season moved to Greenville, S.C.