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AHL Attendance Down 8%, With 10 Clubs Seeing Double-Digit Percentage Drops

The AHL, which is considered the Triple-A level of North American hockey, is seeing its teams average 4,998 fans through Jan. 21, down almost 8% from the same period last season. Ten AHL clubs are seeing a double-digit percentage decline in average attendance. The Abbotsford Heat are seeing the sharpest drop, down 36% during the club's fifth season in British Columbia. Two teams -- the Iowa Wild and Utica Comets -- changed names following relocations after the '12-13 season. The Wild's first season in Des Moines has the club averaging 5,776 fans per game, down 13% from last season, when the team played in Houston. The Comets left Peoria, Ill., after last season and are seeing attendance down 31% in upstate New York. Meanwhile, the Grand Rapids Griffins are the only club seeing a double-digit percentage gain at the gate (+13%). The Hershey Bears continue to lead all teams with 9,301 fans per game, but that is down 2% (THE DAILY).

AHL ATTENDANCE THROUGH JAN. 21
TEAM
GMS
TOTAL
AVG.
PREV.
% +/-
11-12 GMS
Hershey Bears
23
213,924
9,301
9,512
-2.2%
22
Grand Rapids Griffins
23
175,538
7,632
6,763
12.9%
21
Providence Bruins
20
150,576
7,529
7,286
3.3%
19
Lake Erie Monsters
19
138,944
7,313
7,243
1.0%
17
Chicago Wolves
19
128,097
6,742
7,133
-5.5%
18
St. John's IceCaps
21
132,027
6,287
6,287
0.0%
20
San Antonio Rampage
21
126,397
6,019
6,067
-0.8%
21
Toronto Marlies
15
89,171
5,945
7,138
-16.7%
16
Charlotte Checkers
23
133,281
5,795
5,711
1.5%
18
Iowa Wild*
22
127,063
5,776
6,656
-13.2%
22
W-B/Scranton Penguins
21
113,927
5,425
5,527
-1.8%
21
Texas Stars
19
99,471
5,235
4,866
7.6%
20
Syracuse Crunch
17
88,755
5,221
5,309
-1.7%
16
Manchester Monarchs
18
92,891
5,161
4,952
4.2%
22
Rochester Americans
18
87,334
4,852
6,801
-28.7%
20
Norfolk Admirals
19
88,315
4,648
5,301
-12.3%
18
Hamilton Bulldogs
23
105,069
4,568
6,168
-25.9%
16
Rockford IceHogs
22
96,531
4,388
4,304
1.9%
19
Bridgeport Sound Tigers
21
90,768
4,322
5,681
-23.9%
16
Milwaukee Admirals
16
68,800
4,300
4,250
1.2%
17
Springfield Falcons
21
77,092
3,671
3,697
-0.7%
18
Hartford Wolf Pack***
17
60,956
3,586
3,850
-6.9%
18
Binghamton Senators
21
74,097
3,528
3,549
-0.6%
19
Worcester Sharks
17
58,353
3,433
3,882
-11.6%
17
Utica Comets**
20
66,200
3,310
4,781
-30.8%
15
Oklahoma City Barons
22
71,907
3,269
3,482
-6.1%
20
Adirondack Phantoms
22
71,345
3,243
3,553
-8.7%
17
Albany Devils
20
58,118
2,906
3,755
-22.6%
18
Portland Pirates
17
43,937
2,585
3,949
-34.6%
18
Abbotsford Heat
18
44,814
2,490
3,917
-36.4%
22
AHL TOTALS
595
2,973,698
4,998
5,412
-7.7%
561
             

NOTES: * = Team is in first season at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Played last season as the Houston Aeros in the Toyota Center. Left when lease agreement could not be reached. ** = Played last season as the Peoria Rivermen, who relocated after the season. *** = Played last season as the Connecticut Whale.

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