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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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