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ECHL Attendance Drops 3.3%; Ontario Reign Top League For Second Straight Season

The ECHL, considered the Double-A level of North American hockey, saw its clubs average 4,339 fans per game during the regular season, down 3.3% from the '09-10 campaign. Thirteen of 19 clubs saw a drop in attendance this season, lead by the South Carolina Stingrays' decline of 29.5% at North Charleston Coliseum. The Ontario (Calif.) Reign led the ECHL in attendance for the second straight season. The club averaged 6,683 fans per game in its third season in Southern California, up 3.6%. Following a move to South Carolina from Johnstown, Pa., after last season, the Greenville Road Warriors saw the ECHL's biggest jump at the gate (+78%). The Utah Grizzlies set a team record with 4,550 fans per game, up 10.5% at the Maverik Center just outside of Salt Lake City. The club also broke its single-game home attendance record in the regular-season finale with 10,700 fans. The Cincinnati Cyclones posted their fourth consecutive season of attendance growth at U.S. Bank Arena. Listed below is team-by-team regular-season attendance for the ECHL, with comparisons to last season (THE DAILY).

'10-11 ECHL REGULAR-SEASON ATTENDANCE
TEAM
GMS
TOTAL
AVG.
PREV.
% +/-
Ontario Reign
36
240,588
6,683
6,451
3.6%
Stockton Thunder
36
229,752
6,382
6,031
5.8%
Toledo Walleye
36
214,308
5,953
6,294
-5.4%
Florida Everblades
36
187,524
5,209
5,463
-4.6%
Gwinnett Gladiators
36
184,608
5,128
5,166
-0.7%
Bakersfield Condors
36
184,212
5,117
5,265
-2.8%
Reading Royals
36
164,448
4,568
4,943
-7.6%
Utah Grizzlies
36
163,800
4,550
4,119
10.5%
Alaska Aces
36
156,636
4,351
4,697
-7.4%
Cincinnati Cyclones
36
149,148
4,143
3,887
6.6%
Idaho Steelheads
36
144,648
4,018
3,949
1.7%
Las Vegas Wranglers
36
141,840
3,940
4,350
-9.4%
Victoria Salmon Kings
36
133,812
3,717
4,369
-14.9%
Greenville Road Warriors
36
131,544
3,654
2,053
78.0%
Elmira Jackals
36
125,784
3,494
3,661
-4.6%
South Carolina Stingrays
36
122,364
3,399
4,824
-29.5%
Kalamazoo Wings
36
117,900
3,275
3,443
-4.9%
Wheeling Nailers
36
88,848
2,468
2,727
-9.5%
Trenton Devils
36
86,040
2,390
2,509
-4.7%
ECHL TOTALS
684
2,967,804
4,339
4,485
-3.3%
 

NOTES: Attendance for last season (720 games) includes the Charlotte Checkers, who relinquished their ECHL membership to become an AHL club.

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