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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
TEAMGMSTOTALAVG.PREV.% +/-'11-12 GMS Ft. Wayne Komets*22162,8467,402n/an/an/a Ontario Reign21150,9057,1865,78524.2%18 Orlando Solar Bears*19123,3376,491n/an/an/a Toledo Walleye21127,1666,0565,8263.9%23 Colorado Eagles23121,6475,2895,2890.0%20 Stockton Thunder23119,5285,1975,749-9.6%20 Gwinnett Gladiators23117,7735,1214,9533.4%22 Evansville IceMen*26132,7245,105n/an/an/a Florida Everblades2096,4224,8214,7262.0%21 Alaska Aces24114,6474,7774,24212.6%28 Utah Grizzlies2199,7254,7494,17813.7%25 S.F. Bulls*2198,3114,681n/an/an/a Bakersfield Condors2192,3924,4004,951-11.1%22 Las Vegas Wranglers2296,2724,3763,9899.7%21 Cincinnati Cyclones2396,2614,1854,442-5.8%18 Idaho Steelheads2078,9833,9493,8841.7%19 Reading Royals2487,9843,6664,055-9.6%20 South Carolina Stingrays2478,3013,2633,1005.2%23 Trenton Titans2373,5023,1962,9159.6%20 Kalamazoo Wings2269,2873,1492,71016.2%20 Greenville Road Warriors2579,0093,1603,1610.0%22 Elmira Jackals2259,1852,6903,391-20.7%22 Wheeling Nailers2458,0862,4202,575-6.0%24 ECHL TOTALS5142,334,2934,5414,09910.8%429
NOTES: Figures from last season include the Chicago Express, which folded after one season in the league. * = Expansion team.