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  • ECHL Attendance Up 11%, Fueled By Expansion Teams Based In Ft. Wayne, Orlando

    The ECHL, considered the Double-A level of North American hockey, is averaging 4,541 fans per game to date, up 11% from the same period last season. The increase has been fueled by the success of some expansion clubs. Four new teams joined the ECHL this year, with the Ft. Wayne Komets leading all clubs with 7,402 fans per game. The Komets came over from the Central Hockey League after last season. The expansion Orlando Solar Bears are also doing well in the club's inaugural season, ranking third among all clubs in average attendance. Among returning clubs, the Ontario Reign are seeing the biggest increase, up 24% at home in Southern California. The Kalamazoo Wings, Alaska Aces and Utah Grizzlies also are seeing double-digit percentage increases at home. The Elmira Jackals are seeing the sharpest drop at the gate (-21%), followed by the Bakersfield Condors (-11%), Reading Royals (-10%) and Stockton Thunder (-10%) (THE DAILY).

    ECHL ATTENDANCE THROUGH JANUARY 30
    TEAM
    GMS
    TOTAL
    AVG.
    PREV.
    % +/-
    '11-12 GMS
    Ft. Wayne Komets*
    22
    162,846
    7,402
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    Ontario Reign
    21
    150,905
    7,186
    5,785
    24.2%
    18
    Orlando Solar Bears*
    19
    123,337
    6,491
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    Toledo Walleye
    21
    127,166
    6,056
    5,826
    3.9%
    23
    Colorado Eagles
    23
    121,647
    5,289
    5,289
    0.0%
    20
    Stockton Thunder
    23
    119,528
    5,197
    5,749
    -9.6%
    20
    Gwinnett Gladiators
    23
    117,773
    5,121
    4,953
    3.4%
    22
    Evansville IceMen*
    26
    132,724
    5,105
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    Florida Everblades
    20
    96,422
    4,821
    4,726
    2.0%
    21
    Alaska Aces
    24
    114,647
    4,777
    4,242
    12.6%
    28
    Utah Grizzlies
    21
    99,725
    4,749
    4,178
    13.7%
    25
    S.F. Bulls*
    21
    98,311
    4,681
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    Bakersfield Condors
    21
    92,392
    4,400
    4,951
    -11.1%
    22
    Las Vegas Wranglers
    22
    96,272
    4,376
    3,989
    9.7%
    21
    Cincinnati Cyclones
    23
    96,261
    4,185
    4,442
    -5.8%
    18
    Idaho Steelheads
    20
    78,983
    3,949
    3,884
    1.7%
    19
    Reading Royals
    24
    87,984
    3,666
    4,055
    -9.6%
    20
    South Carolina Stingrays
    24
    78,301
    3,263
    3,100
    5.2%
    23
    Trenton Titans
    23
    73,502
    3,196
    2,915
    9.6%
    20
    Kalamazoo Wings
    22
    69,287
    3,149
    2,710
    16.2%
    20
    Greenville Road Warriors
    25
    79,009
    3,160
    3,161
    0.0%
    22
    Elmira Jackals
    22
    59,185
    2,690
    3,391
    -20.7%
    22
    Wheeling Nailers
    24
    58,086
    2,420
    2,575
    -6.0%
    24
    ECHL TOTALS
    514
    2,334,293
    4,541
    4,099
    10.8%
    429
     

    NOTES: Figures from last season include the Chicago Express, which folded after one season in the league. * = Expansion team.

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