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  • ECHL Attendance Down 2.9%; Cincinnati Cyclones Continue Gains

    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. 27
    TEAM
    GMS
    TOTAL
    AVG.
    PREV.
    % +/-
    '09-10 GMS
    Ontario Reign
    20
    124,140
    6,207
    5,899
    5.2%
    14
    Stockton Thunder
    17
    104,618
    6,154
    6,006
    2.5%
    13
    Toledo Walleye
    20
    114,280
    5,714
    5,753
    -0.7%
    21
    Gwinnett Gladiators
    22
    111,012
    5,046
    5,213
    -3.2%
    17
    Bakersfield Condors
    20
    99,440
    4,972
    5,154
    -3.5%
    16
    Florida Everblades
    21
    100,233
    4,773
    5,043
    -5.4%
    17
    Reading Royals
    17
    73,882
    4,346
    4,496
    -3.3%
    14
    Alaska Aces
    21
    88,809
    4,229
    4,640
    -8.9%
    17
    Cincinnati Cyclones
    19
    76,342
    4,018
    3,730
    7.7%
    15
    Las Vegas Wranglers
    28
    107,828
    3,851
    4,024
    -4.3%
    18
    Idaho Steelheads
    23
    87,032
    3,784
    3,603
    5.0%
    18
    Victoria Salmon Kings
    19
    68,571
    3,609
    4,003
    -9.8%
    18
    Utah Grizzlies
    19
    68,362
    3,598
    3,679
    -2.2%
    19
    Elmira Jackals
    22
    77,902
    3,541
    3,775
    -6.2%
    15
    Greenville Road Warriors*
    23
    80,822
    3,514
    1,987
    76.8%
    17
    South Carolina Stingrays
    24
    75,456
    3,144
    4,318
    -27.2%
    17
    Kalamazoo Wings
    17
    49,725
    2,925
    3,069
    -4.7%
    18
    Wheeling Nailers
    22
    49,060
    2,230
    2,538
    -12.1%
    16
    Trenton Devils
    22
    47,080
    2,140
    2,120
    0.9%
    18
    ECHL TOTALS
    396
    1,604,594
    4,052
    4,175
    -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.

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