Moment #2: Beast Break All-Time Brampton Attendance Records
The 2015-16 ECHL season was a monumental year for the Brampton Beast and for hockey fans in the City of Brampton.
Not only did the Beast join forces with the most iconic franchise in hockey history in the Montreal Canadiens, more fans than ever before descended upon the Powerade Centre to watch high-quality hockey in Brampton.
The first of the Beast’s record-setting attendance plateaus was reached on December 13, 2015 as the club hosted the Norfolk Admirals. A great crowd of 3,099 fans watched the Beast drop a close 6-5 overtime decision to the Admirals.
The loss was quickly forgotten as that game’s big crowd pushed the Beast’s average attendance to 2,756 for the season, breaking the Brampton Battalion’s previous record of 2,734 fans per game set by the 2005-06 squad, making the Beast the biggest draw in Brampton hockey history. The Beast would draw big crowds throughout the rest of the season and finished the 2015-16 campaign with an average attendance of 2,784 fans per game.
The Beast were also able to set another attendance record later in the season. On April 8, 2016 the team played their final home game of the season, defeating the visiting Elmira Jackals 2-1 in front of another great crowd of 3,292 fans.
That final game of the season pushed the total yearly attendance to 100,216 fans who came through the turnstiles at the Powerade Centre, marking the first time in Brampton hockey history that more than 100,000 fans came out to support the local team in a single season.
Of all the accomplishments that Beast President and General Manager Cary Kaplan has witnessed over the history of the Beast franchise, he admits that setting multiple all-time attendance records in the City of Brampton ranks near the top.
“To break a record that has stood for a decade and to have the largest average attendance in 18 years is something we are very excited about. Our fans and the community have continued to rally around the Beast.” Kaplan said in a statement during the season.
The Beast staff and players are already looking forward to hopefully breaking more records this upcoming season. Thank you, Beast fans, for all your support this season.
‘Beast Authentics’ is a one-of-a-kind game-used memorabilia program designed to offer fans the opportunity to own a piece of Beast history in the form of a variety of exciting game-used artifacts, including goal-scored pucks, game-worn jerseys and more.
The commemorate the Beast’s #2 moment of the season, today’s Feature Item is a game-used puck used by David Ling to score a goal during the record-setting final game of the 2015-16 season and is available for only $20.
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