Only two of the nine returning NASL teams -- its two Canadian teams, Ottawa and FC Edmonton -- had larger crowds for their home openers in 2016 than in 2015. The average for the home openers of the
nine teams was 5,594, down from 8,882 in 2015, a decrease of 37 percent year-over-year.
The biggest drop was in Ft. Lauderdale, where the Strikers only drew 2,331 fans for their opener as
compared to 11,691 in 2015. Their two subsequent home games have drawn only 1,097 and 1,086.
The NASL's other South Florida entrant, expansion Miami FC, drew 10,156 fans for its first
home game. Its second home game attracted only 2,168 fans, though.
The other expansion team, Rayo OKC, drew 6,416 fans for its opener and then 5,851 fans in face of competition from the
USL's Energy FC, who played the same day. 2016 NASL Home Openers: ATT. TEAM (2015) 10,156
Indy Eleven (10,524) 9,050
Minnesota United (9,233) 7,023
Ottawa Fury (5,093) 6,416
Rayo OKC (-) 5,740
Bay Rowdies (7,010) 5,112
Jacksonville Armada (16,164) 5,094
New York Cosmos (12,550) 4,159
Carolina RailHawks (5,190) 2,731
Ft. Lauderdale Strikers (11,691)