[WPS]Despite a big boost in attendance following the 2011 Women's World Cup, Women's Professional Soccer suffered another drop in average attendance.
WPS was headed for a huge drop in average attendance until the USA's exciting finish at Germany '11 drew huge television audiences and created household names out of stars such as Abby Wambach and Hope Solo.
Through July 17 (35 games), average attendance was only 2,561. It was 5,282 for the remainder of the regular season (19 games). WPS finished with a season average of 3,518, down from 3,601 in 2010 and 4,684 in 2009.
Thanks to a record crowd of 15,404 on July 20 for its first game following the Women's World Cup, expansion Western New York led the league with an average of 4,881 fans.
Perhaps most ominously, Boston and Sky Blue FC -- the only two remaining teams from the 2009 launch -- suffered drops for the second year in a row.
Women's Professional Soccer Attendance
|TEAM||2009 AVG.||2010 AVG.||2011 (1st part) AVG.||2011 (2nd part) AVG.||2011 AVG.|
|Sky Blue FC||3,651||3,320||1,797||3,329||2,138|
Note: 2011 1st part=through July 17, date of Women's World Cup final; 2011 2nd part-after July 17.