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NWSL's Year 2 attendance drops 3 percent
August 28th, 2014 12:22AM

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[CROWD COUNT]  NWSL attendance dropped from 4,270 fans a game in 2013 to 4,139 fans in 2014 as half the returning experienced drops. But the 3 percent drop was less than the 23 percent drop in WPS's second year and 14 percent drop for Year 2 of WUSA. Both those leagues folded after the third season.

The Portland Thorns again averaged more than twice as many fans as any other NWSL team, drawing an average of 13,362 fans at Providence Park. That was up slightly from the 2013 average of 13,320.

The expansion Houston Dash was second in the league with an average attendance of 4,640 fans at BBVA Compass Stadium. The Chicago Red Stars' average was boosted by a crowd of 15,743 as part of a doubleheader with MLS's Fire.

NWSL Attendance:
AVG. TEAM (CHANGE)
13,362 Portland (+0.3%)
4,650 Houston (-)
3,666 Seattle (+57%)
3,335 Washington (-9%)
3,177 Western NY (-29%)
2,949 *Chicago (+72%)
2,437 Boston (+0.4%)
2,018 FC Kansas City (-57%)
1,640 Sky Blue FC (-2%)
*One game played as part of doubleheader with MLS's Fire.
Source: The Equalizer

Pro Women's Attendance:
AVG. TEAM (YEAR)
4,139 NWSL (2014)
4,270 NWSL (2013)
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3,518 WPS (2011)
3,601 WPS (2010)
4,490 WPS (2009)
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6,667 WUSA (2003)
6,957 WUSA (2002)
8,116 WUSA (2001)


2 comments
  1. John Kukitz
    commented on: August 28, 2014 at 1:39 p.m.
    we need a team in Philly.
  1. rocky rockwell
    commented on: August 29, 2014 at 9:12 a.m.
    And the figures are inflated at that, at least for the WNY Flash.

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