Crowd Count: FC Cincinnati sets new USL mark

FC Cincinnati broke its own USL regular-season attendance record when it drew 25,308 fans at Nippert Stadium for its 2-2 tie with with Orlando City B on Saturday. The crowd was larger than all but one MLS crowd over the weekend. New York City drew 33,679 fans at Yankee Stadium for its derby against the Red Bulls.

-- The Portland Thorns' crowd of 18,462 for their NWSL match against Houston was larger than the crowds for four of eight MLS games on Saturday.

-- Detroit City FC set a club record with a sellout crowd of 7,533 at Keyworth Stadium for its shootout loss to Midland-Odessa FC in the NPSL semifinals. Elm City Express drew 2,261 fans for the other semifinal, a 2-0 win over Oakland's Aguiluchos, at Yale University's Reese Stadium.

-- The San Francisco Deltas, whose owner Brian Andres Helmick warned that they won't survive unless attendance picked up, drew just 3,369 fans for their first home game of the NASL's fall season, the lowest crowd of the weekend in the NASL.

33,679 New York City-NY Red Bulls (3-2)
22,649 Minn. United-Seattle (0-4)
21,144 Portland-LA Galaxy (3-1)
20,801 Montreal-Orlando City (2-1)
20,214 Chicago-New England (4-1)
19,481 Sporting KC-Atlanta United (1-1)
19,075 Real Salt Lake-Houston (0-0)
18,000 San Jose-Columbus (2-1)
17,880 Philadelphia-FC Dallas (3-1)
16,444 D.C. United-Toronto FC (1-1)
15,625 Colorado-Vancouver (2-2)

18,463 Portland-Houston (2-1)
5,667 Orlando-Chicago (1-1)
5,249 North Carolina-Seattle (1-0)
2,510 Boston-FC Kansas City (2-2)
2,496 Sky Blue DC-Washington (1-4)

25,308 FC Cincinnati-Orlando City B (2-2)
11,569 Sac Republic FC vs. Whitecaps 2 (1-0)
6,725 San Antonio FC-Orange County SC (1-1)
5,619 Tampa Bay-Harrisburg (3-0)
4,630 Ottawa-Bethlehem Steel (1-2)
4,433 Saint Louis FC-Swope Park Rangers (0-0)
4,087 OKC Energy FC-Real Monarchs (2-0)
3,798 Tulsa-Reno 1868 (2-3)
3,623 Colorado Springs-Timbers 2 (4-1)
3,048 Pittsburgh-Richmond (1-1)
2,648 Charlotte-Louisville City (3-1)
1,145 Toronto II-Charleston (1-0)
1,076 LA Galaxy II vs. Phoenix 2 (0-2)
965 Sounders FC 2-Rio Grande Valley (3-4)
582 New York Red Bulls II-Rochester (2-1)

9,072 Indy Eleven-FC Edmonton (1-3)
5,022 Miami FC-North Carolina FC (2-3)
3,382 Puerto Rico FC-Jacksonville (1-0)
3,369 SF Deltas-New York Cosmos (2-1)

PDL (Final)
1,356 Charlotte-Thunder Bay (2-1)

NPSL (Semifinals)
7,533 Detroit City FC-Midland-Odessa FC (0-0, 2-4 PKs)
2,261 Elm City-Aguiluchos (2-0)

9 comments about "Crowd Count: FC Cincinnati sets new USL mark".
  1. R2 Dad, August 6, 2017 at 2:55 p.m.

    Deltas season ticket holder here, with a bit of a dilemma. By my reckoning last night was a lovely night out. Lines weren't long to get in, or to get food/drink (had the rice/noodle chicken bowl rather than the paella this time, Trumer in the can was very generic, would like the Sierra that appears to have gone out of rotation). Kezar has a capacity of 9,000 so was about 1/3 full. Could easily handle 1500 more people (5,000) and not adversely affect fan experience. Would averaging 5,000 meet the plan for Delta management? I'd be happy with bigger crowds if it generated more "atmosphere", but we Americans aren't brought up singing in the terraces, in bars, with your teammates at games and a little bit of that would definitely improve the atmosphere. Even in Seattle where turnout is huge they're not singing at all. How is that element injected into the fan experience? We need the starter kit for that. How do you grow the american fan from customer to participant in our version of the Yellow Wall?

  2. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, August 7, 2017 at 10:31 a.m.

    Seattle doesn't have singing? Most MLS games have pretty decent atmosphere - certainly far better than other North American sporting events. NASL continues to put teams in markets that already have MLS teams in an effort to promote the fiction that they are another top flight league instead of a minor league. We see where that has got them. Oh by the way, did you see where a mid-table USL side won away at the best team in NASL? I thought that never happened?!

  3. R2 Dad replied, August 7, 2017 at 6:17 p.m.

    News to you, FPGN: NASL in this incarnation has always been Division 2. Still not clear why you have such a hate boner for NASL. BTW, FCC is structured more like an NASL team--lots of grown men, Djiby Fall has a couple national team caps. They're doing very well, even if they hadn't won against Miami FC. But they're not out of the woods yet. Garber wants $150M + a new stadium, FCC wants to make due with Nippert and avoid having to spend an additional $100-200M.

  4. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, August 8, 2017 at 12:21 p.m.

    All USL teams outside of the MLS reserve sides have "grown men" in the team. MLS reserve side are about developing young players for the first team but the other USL sides are trying to win, just like NASL teams. You were crying that NASL was division 2 like USL because they "spank" USL teams in the open cup. It's 11-9 USL over the last three seasons and 3-2 NASL this year. Not exactly a spanking. NASL fans try to pretend their league is MLS level but in fact it's more comparable to USL - a league with MLS reserve sides.

  5. Kenneth Barr, August 7, 2017 at 8:21 a.m.

    What FC Cincinnati has is real commitment from top to bottom. This is in contrast to those who want to sue their way into MLS. I understand the the Beckham Group has the contractural in but surely FC Cincinnati has done more than enough to be welcomed into MLS.

  6. Footballer Forever, August 7, 2017 at 4:29 p.m.

    Applause for Cincinnati FC for their strong fan attendance. It makes you wonder how many tickets are actually sold and its price vs freebie tickets given away to help balloon that attendance. Also, is this their first or second year? In the end, filling up a stadium often is only half of the formula that MLS looks for issuing a franchise, nowadays, tv market size and the revenue it can provide is more important that gate ticket revenue only.

  7. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, August 7, 2017 at 5:14 p.m.

    Any basis for saying that Cincy has been giving away tickets? I hadn't heard that.

  8. Footballer Forever replied, August 7, 2017 at 5:32 p.m.

    @Fire Paul Gardner Now- Right on your handle name (thumbs up). :) No basis, just an inquiry as some professional teams from other sports tend to do it, so USL will not be a difference.

  9. Red Bulls Fan, August 9, 2017 at 9:32 a.m.

    I'm a Red Bull fan but had a chance to go to a FC Cincinnati vs Louisville game with 20k+. When I was there it didn't seem like they inflated attendance numbers at all. Awesome experience at Nippert Stadium. I don't think they should change it at all. The fans were awesome and the place was buzzing with activity. In many ways it was a better atmosphere than most Red Bull games as the stands were jam packed which usually only happens against NYCFC or playoff games for Red Bull Arena. It was a much better atmosphere than games I attended for NE Revolution at Gilette or sitting on the far side of Yankee stadium for a NYCFC game. After the game you are in walking distance to bars and nightlife instead of just a big asphalt parking lot. The only downside to Nippert in my opinion is that it is turf and not grass.

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