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The AHL, considered the triple-A level of North American hockey, saw its clubs average 5,380 fans per game this season, up 5.5% from last season and the league's best mark since '06-07. The Hershey Bears set a league attendance record with 9,800 fans per game, up 2.9% from last season. Hershey has led the league in attendance for the last five seasons. The Connecticut Whale, rebranded after playing as the Hartford Wolf Pack from '97-'10, saw the biggest jump in attendance this season (+36%). Despite finishing with the lowest average in the AHL, the Albany Devils saw attendance jump 24.7% compared to last season, when the club played in Lowell, Mass. The Adirondack Phantoms saw the sharpest drop at the gate (-11%) during their second season in Glen Falls, N.Y. The team is schedule to spend two more seasons in Glen Falls before an expected move to Allentown, Pa. Listed below is team-by-team attendance for the '10-11 AHL regular season, with comparisons to last season (THE DAILY).'10-11 AHL REGULAR-SEASON ATTENDANCE
TEAMGMSTOTALAVG.PREV.% +/- Hershey Bears40392,0009,8009,5202.9% Manitoba Moose40336,1608,4048,0863.9% Chicago Wolves40298,1207,4537,963-6.4% Providence Bruins40292,9607,3246,7708.2% Grand Rapids Griffins40289,6407,2417,0163.2% Lake Erie Monsters40262,7206,5686,4841.3% San Antonio Rampage40256,4406,4115,23522.5% W-B/Scranton Penguins40254,4006,3606,2701.4% Houston Aeros40253,0406,3265,7709.6% Charlotte Checkers*40252,4806,3125,51814.4% Milwaukee Admirals40231,8405,7966,027-3.8% Connecticut Whale40227,8005,6954,18836.0% Manchester Monarchs40218,4405,4615,2933.2% Texas Stars40213,6005,3405,355-0.3% Peoria Rivermen40207,8405,1964,56013.9% Syracuse Crunch40206,1605,1545,294-2.6% Toronto Marlies40187,7604,6944,07015.3% Portland Pirates40186,2004,6554,3457.1% Norfolk Admirals40179,6004,4903,85516.5% Rockford IceHogs40174,4004,3603,9789.6% Hamilton Bulldogs40170,2804,2574,374-2.7% Oklahoma City Barons^40166,2004,155n/an/a Bridgeport Sound Tigers40165,6004,1404,0921.2% Worcester Sharks40162,7204,0683,67210.8% Rochester Americans40154,8803,8724,236-8.6% Abbotsford Heat40152,2803,8073,897-2.3% Springfield Falcons40148,6803,7173,6442.0% Binghamton Senators40146,0803,6523,6290.6% Adirondack Phantoms40143,0003,5754,018-11.0% Albany Devils^^40124,5603,1142,49824.7% AHL TOTALS1,2006,455,8805,3805,1005.5%
NOTES: * = The Albany River Rats franchise relocated to Charlotte after last season. ^ = Expansion team. ^^ = The Lowell Devils relocated to Albany after last season.