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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
TEAMGMSTOTALAVG.PREV.% +/-'10-11 GMS Ontario Reign36227,1236,3096,683-5.6%36 Toledo Walleye36225,0606,2525,9535.0%36 Stockton Thunder36212,9885,9166,382-7.3%36 Colorado Eagles*36190,4045,289n/an/an/a Gwinnett Gladiators36185,7945,1615,1280.6%36 Florida Everblades36180,1395,0045,209-3.9%36 Bakersfield Condors36178,6624,9635,117-3.0%36 Alaska Aces36160,1824,4504,3512.3%36 Utah Grizzlies36158,8244,4124,550-3.0%36 Reading Royals36157,1464,3654,568-4.4%36 Las Vegas Wranglers36156,2084,3393,94010.1%36 Cincinnati Cyclones36150,8524,1904,1431.1%36 Idaho Steelheads36140,5773,9054,018-2.8%36 Elmira Jackals36119,5023,3203,494-5.0%36 Greenville Road Warriors36118,7743,2993,654-9.7%36 South Carolina Stingrays36117,0513,2513,399-4.3%36 Kalamazoo Wings36109,5013,0423,275-7.1%36 Trenton Titans36108,4703,0132,39026.1%36 Wheeling Nailers3695,2342,6452,4687.2%36 Chicago Express**3690,2732,508n/an/an/a ECHL TOTALS7203,082,7644,2824,339-1.3%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.