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  • ECHL Attendance Down Slightly; SoCal's Ontario Reign Lead For Third Straight Season

    The ECHL, considered the Double-A level of North American hockey, saw its teams average 4,282 fans per game this season, down 1.3% from '10-11 and 4.5% from '09-10. After leading at the gate at the midpoint of the season, the Toledo Walleye were edged out by the Ontario Reign, who led all teams for the third straight season with 6,309 fans per game. However, the Reign's attendance was down 5.6% this season, which marked the club's fourth in Southern California after relocating from Texas. After moving up from the CHL, the Colorado Eagles finished fourth in ECHL attendance this season, averaging 5,289 fans per game at Budweiser Events Center in Loveland. The Trenton Titans had the biggest increase this season, up 26.1%, while the Greenville Road Warriors had the sharpest drop, down 9.7%. The Cincinnati Cyclones saw attendance up 1.1%, marking the club's fifth consecutive season of gains at the gate. During the Chicago Express' first season in the ECHL, the club finished last in attendance at Sears Centre. The club subsequently folded following the regular season. Meanwhile, the ECHL has already announced expansion teams for next season in S.F. and Orlando. The chart below lists final regular-season attendance for the '11-12 ECHL regular season, with comparisons to the '10-11 campaign (THE DAILY).

    '11-12 ECHL REGULAR-SEASON ATTENDANCE
    TEAM
    GMS
    TOTAL
    AVG.
    PREV.
    % +/-
    '10-11 GMS
    Ontario Reign
    36
    227,123
    6,309
    6,683
    -5.6%
    36
    Toledo Walleye
    36
    225,060
    6,252
    5,953
    5.0%
    36
    Stockton Thunder
    36
    212,988
    5,916
    6,382
    -7.3%
    36
    Colorado Eagles*
    36
    190,404
    5,289
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    Gwinnett Gladiators
    36
    185,794
    5,161
    5,128
    0.6%
    36
    Florida Everblades
    36
    180,139
    5,004
    5,209
    -3.9%
    36
    Bakersfield Condors
    36
    178,662
    4,963
    5,117
    -3.0%
    36
    Alaska Aces
    36
    160,182
    4,450
    4,351
    2.3%
    36
    Utah Grizzlies
    36
    158,824
    4,412
    4,550
    -3.0%
    36
    Reading Royals
    36
    157,146
    4,365
    4,568
    -4.4%
    36
    Las Vegas Wranglers
    36
    156,208
    4,339
    3,940
    10.1%
    36
    Cincinnati Cyclones
    36
    150,852
    4,190
    4,143
    1.1%
    36
    Idaho Steelheads
    36
    140,577
    3,905
    4,018
    -2.8%
    36
    Elmira Jackals
    36
    119,502
    3,320
    3,494
    -5.0%
    36
    Greenville Road Warriors
    36
    118,774
    3,299
    3,654
    -9.7%
    36
    South Carolina Stingrays
    36
    117,051
    3,251
    3,399
    -4.3%
    36
    Kalamazoo Wings
    36
    109,501
    3,042
    3,275
    -7.1%
    36
    Trenton Titans
    36
    108,470
    3,013
    2,390
    26.1%
    36
    Wheeling Nailers
    36
    95,234
    2,645
    2,468
    7.2%
    36
    Chicago Express**
    36
    90,273
    2,508
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    ECHL TOTALS
    720
    3,082,764
    4,282
    4,339
    -1.3%
    684
     

    NOTES: Last season's attendance includes the Victoria Salmon Kings, who folded following the '10-11 season. * = Team moved to ECHL after playing last season in the CHL. ** = Expansion club.

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