News | 12/28/2012 11:20:24 PM | ROCHESTER AMERICANS
Crowd of 19,070 is the eighth-largest crowd in American Hockey League history
The Rochester Americans have set a new franchise attendance record by playing in front of a crowd of 19,070 fans tonight at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y. versus the Lake Erie Monsters. The record-setting attendance also represents the eighth-largest crowd for a single game in American Hockey League history and the fourth-largest for an AHL game played indoors.
“The American Hockey League has a storied history in Western New York that dates back more than seven decades,” said David Andrews, AHL President and Chief Executive Officer. “Tonight’s turnout in Buffalo is the latest testament to the support that the region’s great fans have given to our league through the years.”
“This record is a result of the tremendous support from the fans throughout Western New York,” said Amerks President Ted Black. “Rochester and Buffalo are both great hockey cities, and the Amerks organization is extremely appreciative of the continuing support of the fans in both markets.”
The previous Amerks record for the largest crowd in the 57-year history of the franchise was 17,898, which was set on Dec. 28, 2004 when the Amerks defeated the Edmonton Roadrunners at the then-HSBC Arena in Buffalo.