Crowd Count: Three USL teams set records in openers

Three USL teams set club attendance records on opening day, topped by the Richmond Kickers, who opened up their 25th season with a 1-0 victory over the Harrisburg City Islanders in front of 8,021 fans at City Stadium.

The Tampa Bay Rowdies and Phoenix Rising, both seeking MLS expansion teams, also set club attendance marks.

For Tampa Bay's first game in the USL, 7,710 fans -- a record Rowdies crowd at Al Lang Stadium -- watched them beat Orlando City B, 1-0. A Phoenix Rising club-record crowd of 6,890 fans went home disappointed as it fell to Toronto FC I, 1-0.

Reno 1868 drew 5,691 fans for its first game in the USL, a 2-0 loss to Orange County.

In the NASL, the San Francisco Deltas drew 4,133 fans for their debut at Kezar Stadium, a 1-1 tie with Indy Eleven.

USL, Week 1 Crowds:
8,021 Richmond-Harrisburg (1-0)
7,710 Tampa Bay-Orlando City B (1-0)
6,890 Phoenix-Toronto FC II (0-1)
6,758 Louisville City-Saint Louis FC (0-0)
6,030 Rio Grande Valley-San Antonio (0-1)
5,691 Reno 1868-Orange County (0-2)
4,952 Tulsa-Colorado Springs (4-2)
3,352 Pittsburgh-NY Red Bulls II (3-3)
2,602 Timbers 2-Real Monarchs (1-2)
2,447 Charleston-FC Cincinnati (2-1)
1,517 LA Galaxy II-Whitecaps FC II (2-0)
1,175 Sounders FC 2-Sacramento (1-2)
1,060 Swope Park Rangers-OKC Energy FC (3-1)

NASL, Week 1 Crowds:
6,058 Carolina-Miami FC
5,692 Puerto Rico FC-NY Cosmos
4,133 San Francisco-Indy Eleven

2 comments about "Crowd Count: Three USL teams set records in openers".
  1. Fire Paul Gardner Now, March 26, 2017 at 9:50 p.m.

    Wow 4,133 for the first SF game ever? That team will be lucky to last through the season.

  2. Clayton Davis replied, March 27, 2017 at 11:08 a.m.

    I was also expecting better. They'll need better to pay for their travel costs.

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