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Stampede attendance ranks amongst the highest in all of hockey

By Jim Olander, 03/02/16, 9:15AM CST


Herd on pace for record setting attendance numbers for 2nd straight year


Sioux Falls, SD—The Sioux Falls Stampede are on pace for another record setting season in the stands after drawing a sellout crowd of 10,678 this past Saturday at the PREMIER Center against Sioux City. It was the largest crowd among all Division I college hockey games and the third highest among American Hockey League (AHL) and ECHL professional hockey.

Through 26 home games this season, the Stampede have drawn 175, 273 fans, averaging a league best 6,741 fans per-game at the PREMIER Center. Last season, the Stampede set a USHL attendance record by drawing 191,280 fans in 30 home games and finished in the top 10 in attendance among minor league hockey teams. The club has four home games remaining this season, two in March and two in April.

“It’s been another unbelievable season,” said Stampede CEO/President Tom Garrity. “Our attendance numbers say a lot about our fans and the great community we live in.  We’ve been able to build off the success of last season and continue to grow our fan base. The PREMIER Center is one of the top buildings to watch hockey in the United States and is attracting new fans each and every game. We can’t thank all of fans, housing parents and corporate partners enough, we are truly grateful for the amazing support,” added Garrity.

Outside the USHL, the Herd rank in the top three in attendance amongst all 28 ECHL teams (“AA” professional hockey), sixth in all of 59 Division I college hockey programs and 10th among all 30 American Hockey League (AHL) teams, the top affiliate league of the NHL. 

Fans can still purchase season tickets for the final four regular season games while locking in playoff tickets and their same seat for the 2016-17 season by contacting the Stampede office at 336-6060. Ask a staff member about the many benefits of season ticket holders and locking in your seat now. 

The Herd return to action tonight (Wednesday) as they host the Des Moines Buccaneers at 7:05 PM inside the PREMIER Center for Home Federal Night. Fans can take advantage of the Furniture Mart Family 4-Pack which provides 4 tickets, 4 hot dogs, 4 sodas and 1 large popcorn for just $49. These tickets are available only through the Stampede office in person (1001 N. West Ave., inside the Birdcage) or by phone (336-6060).