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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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