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AHL Attendance Up 4% To Date; Canadian Clubs Benefit From Lack Of NHL Play

The AHL, considered the Triple-A level of North American hockey, is seeing its teams average 5,412 fans per game, up 4% from the same period a year ago. The Hershey Bears continue to lead all teams with 9,512 fans per game as the club looks to top the league in attendance for the seventh straight year. The Bears' current figures also would see the club with an eighth straight year of attendance growth. Several Canadian markets have seen large jumps at the gate due to the NHL lockout. The Hamilton Bulldogs lead all teams with attendance up 55%, while the Toronto Marlies are up 49%. U.S.-based clubs seeing big gains are the Albany Devils (+27%), Rochester Americans (+27%) and Norfolk Admirals (+21%). However, several clubs also are seeing sharp drops at the gate. The Adirondack Phantoms are down a league-worst 36%, while the Portland (ME) Pirates are down 27% and the Texas Stars are down 11% (THE DAILY).

AHL ATTENDANCE THROUGH JANUARY 17
TEAM
GMS
TOTAL
AVG.
PREV.
% +/-
'11-12 GMS
Hershey Bears
22
209,266
9,512
9,440
0.8%
20
Providence Bruins
19
138,429
7,286
6,699
8.8%
21
Lake Erie Monsters
17
123,137
7,243
6,654
8.9%
19
Toronto Marlies
16
114,214
7,138
4,792
49.0%
17
Chicago Wolves
18
128,389
7,133
6,604
8.0%
21
Rochester Americans
20
136,013
6,801
5,341
27.3%
19
Grand Rapids Griffins
21
142,019
6,763
6,779
-0.2%
18
Houston Aeros
22
146,426
6,656
6,719
-0.9%
20
St. John's IceCaps
20
125,740
6,287
6,305
-0.3%
22
Hamilton Bulldogs
16
98,684
6,168
3,983
54.9%
23
San Antonio Rampage
21
127,415
6,067
6,384
-5.0%
22
Charlotte Checkers
18
102,790
5,711
5,847
-2.3%
23
Bridgeport Sound Tigers
16
90,895
5,681
4,939
15.0%
18
W-B/Scranton Penguins
21
116,059
5,527
5,516
0.2%
18
Syracuse Crunch
16
84,937
5,309
4,956
7.1%
17
Norfolk Admirals
18
95,423
5,301
4,374
21.2%
20
Manchester Monarchs
22
108,941
4,952
5,221
-5.2%
21
Texas Stars
20
97,325
4,866
5,444
-10.6%
17
Peoria Rivermen
15
71,716
4,781
4,807
-0.5%
19
Rockford IceHogs
19
81,784
4,304
4,035
6.7%
19
Milwaukee Admirals
17
72,252
4,250
4,484
-5.2%
21
Portland Pirates
18
71,078
3,949
5,389
-26.7%
20
Abbotsford Heat
22
86,173
3,917
3,318
18.1%
16
Worcester Sharks
17
65,997
3,882
4,003
-3.0%
18
Connectiut Whale
18
69,301
3,850
4,350
-11.5%
16
Albany Devils
18
67,585
3,755
2,965
26.6%
22
Springfield Falcons
18
66,552
3,697
3,227
14.6%
22
Adirondack Phantoms
17
60,394
3,553
5,538
-35.9%
20
Binghamton Senators
19
67,439
3,549
3,629
-2.2%
22
Oklahoma City Barons
20
69,648
3,482
3,685
-5.5%
20
AHL TOTALS
561
3,036,021
5,412
5,189
4.3%
591

 

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