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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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