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AHL Sees Best Attendance Average Since '06-07; Hershey Bears Set Record At The Gate

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
TEAM
GMS
TOTAL
AVG.
PREV.
% +/-
Hershey Bears
40
392,000
9,800
9,520
2.9%
Manitoba Moose
40
336,160
8,404
8,086
3.9%
Chicago Wolves
40
298,120
7,453
7,963
-6.4%
Providence Bruins
40
292,960
7,324
6,770
8.2%
Grand Rapids Griffins
40
289,640
7,241
7,016
3.2%
Lake Erie Monsters
40
262,720
6,568
6,484
1.3%
San Antonio Rampage
40
256,440
6,411
5,235
22.5%
W-B/Scranton Penguins
40
254,400
6,360
6,270
1.4%
Houston Aeros
40
253,040
6,326
5,770
9.6%
Charlotte Checkers*
40
252,480
6,312
5,518
14.4%
Milwaukee Admirals
40
231,840
5,796
6,027
-3.8%
Connecticut Whale
40
227,800
5,695
4,188
36.0%
Manchester Monarchs
40
218,440
5,461
5,293
3.2%
Texas Stars
40
213,600
5,340
5,355
-0.3%
Peoria Rivermen
40
207,840
5,196
4,560
13.9%
Syracuse Crunch
40
206,160
5,154
5,294
-2.6%
Toronto Marlies
40
187,760
4,694
4,070
15.3%
Portland Pirates
40
186,200
4,655
4,345
7.1%
Norfolk Admirals
40
179,600
4,490
3,855
16.5%
Rockford IceHogs
40
174,400
4,360
3,978
9.6%
Hamilton Bulldogs
40
170,280
4,257
4,374
-2.7%
Oklahoma City Barons^
40
166,200
4,155
n/a
n/a
Bridgeport Sound Tigers
40
165,600
4,140
4,092
1.2%
Worcester Sharks
40
162,720
4,068
3,672
10.8%
Rochester Americans
40
154,880
3,872
4,236
-8.6%
Abbotsford Heat
40
152,280
3,807
3,897
-2.3%
Springfield Falcons
40
148,680
3,717
3,644
2.0%
Binghamton Senators
40
146,080
3,652
3,629
0.6%
Adirondack Phantoms
40
143,000
3,575
4,018
-11.0%
Albany Devils^^
40
124,560
3,114
2,498
24.7%
AHL TOTALS
1,200
6,455,880
5,380
5,100
5.5%
 

NOTES: * = The Albany River Rats franchise relocated to Charlotte after last season. ^ = Expansion team. ^^ = The Lowell Devils relocated to Albany after last season.

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