GRAND RAPIDS — Attendance is up at Grand Rapids Griffins home games by 5.7 percent during the franchise’s first season as the primary affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings.
Through the club’s first 18 home games, which included the Dec. 30 contest against Utah, the Griffins attracted 120,770 paying customers for a per-game average of 6,709 — up 360 per game from last season.
That average attendance figure placed the Griffins seventh in the American Hockey League and ninth for all of the minor professional franchises.
In contrast, attendance was down by 5.3 percent for the AHL as a whole. The per-game average for the 28-team league was 5,197.
Of the 93 franchises that make up the entire minor-pro circuit, only 29 teams reported an attendance gain near the season’s midpoint.