The USL's five expansion teams that have played their first home game have averaged 7,134 fans. They were led by FC Cincinnati, which drew 14,658 fans at Nippert Stadium, and San Antonio FC, which set
a Toyota Field soccer attendance record with 8,466.
The Swope Park Rangers drew 6,812 fans for their first home game, played at Children’s Mercy Park, home of parent club Sporting
Kansas City. They will open at Swope Soccer Village next Wednesday.
Bethlehem Steel drew 3,655 fans for its first game on the campus of Lehigh University, while Orlando City B drew 2,078
fans at Eastern Florida State College's Titan Soccer Complex in Melbourne.
The Rio Grande Valley Toros, the sixth expansion team, will open April 30 at University of Texas-Rio
Grande Soccer & Track Complex. The opening of their new 10,000-seat stadium has been postponed because of construction delays caused by rain.
Besides San Antonio FC, which has
set up shop where the NASL Scorpions played, Sacramento Republic FC (11,569) and Saint Louis FC (5,531) enjoyed home-opener sellouts. Saint Louis FC's game marked the reopening of World Wide
Technology Soccer Park, damaged in winter flooding.
Toronto FC II's crowd of 1,200 was also a sellout at the Ontario Soccer Centre.
USL Opening Day Crowds: ATT. TEAM 14,658 FC Cincinnati 11,569
Sac Republic FC 8,466 San Antonio FC 7,522
Louisville City 6,812 *Swope Park Rangers 5,646
OKC Energy FC 5,531
Saint Louis FC 5,355
Tulsa Roughnecks 4,394
Charleston Battery 3,655 *Bethlehem Steel 3,057
*Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 2,715
Orange County Blues 2,453
*Real Monarchs SLC 2,212
Colorado Springs Switchbacks 2,078 *Orlando City B 1,724
Charlotte Independence 1,625
*Portland Timbers 2 1,277
*Seattle Sounders FC 2 1,200
*Toronto FC II 1,106
Riverhounds 966 *
FC Montreal n/a
*New York Red Bulls II n/a
*MLS-owned team. Home openers still to come:
April 22: Harrisburg City Islanders
April 23: Rochester Rhinos
April 30: Arizona United April 30: Rio Grande Valley Toros