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  • Turnstile Tracker: WNBA Sees 2% Increase In Average Attendance

    The WNBA is averaging 8,017 fans per game through August 4, up 2.0% from the same date a year ago. Topping the league's average attendance are the Washington Mystics, whose home attendance is up 29.5% from a year ago. The L.A. Sparks are seeing a 22.6% increase at the gate, but have had only five games at home to date, with Staples Center needing time to set up and play host to X Games 15. The Sparks also got back reigning MVP F Candace Parker from maternity leave on July 5, and the team will now have the majority of its home games during the second half of the season. Franchises seeing double-digit drops in attendance are the Atlanta Dream (-15.5%), whose owner is now looking for investors, and the Connecticut Sun (-10.9%). The chart below lists team-by-team attendance for the WNBA through August 4, with comparisons to the same time period in '08 (THE DAILY).

    WNBA ATTENDANCE THROUGH AUGUST 4
    HOME TEAM
    GMS
    TOTAL
    AVG.
    % CAP.
    PREV.
    % +/-
    GMS ('08)
    Washington Mystics
    10
    116,518
    11,652
    115.4%
    8,995
    29.5%
    13
    L.A. Sparks
    5
    57,182
    11,436
    87.0%
    9,330
    22.6%
    12
    N.Y. Liberty
    10
    98,532
    9,853
    49.9%
    9,352
    5.4%
    12
    Detroit Shock
    9
    81,808
    9,090
    80.7%
    9,710
    -6.4%
    13
    Sacramento Monarchs
    9
    74,057
    8,229
    47.5%
    7,877
    4.5%
    14
    Seattle Storm
    11
    86,532
    7,867
    81.2%
    8,083
    -2.7%
    14
    Phoenix Mercury
    11
    85,971
    7,816
    82.5%
    8,340
    -6.3%
    13
    Indiana Fever
    11
    85,857
    7,805
    80.9%
    7,645
    2.1%
    13
    San Antonio Silver Stars
    9
    68,081
    7,565
    40.2%
    7,886
    -4.1%
    14
    Minnesota Lynx
    11
    80,698
    7,336
    79.9%
    6,996
    4.9%
    14
    Atlanta Dream
    10
    69,966
    6,997
    62.5%
    8,279
    -15.5%
    14
    Connecticut Sun
    10
    65,589
    6,559
    68.9%
    7,364
    -10.9%
    13
    Chicago Sky
    10
    39,293
    3,929
    60.5%
    3,370
    16.6%
    12
    WNBA TOTALS
    126
    1,010,084
    8,017
    80.2%
    7,863
    2.0%
    184


    NOTE: '08 attendance total includes marks for the Houston Comets, who ceased operations prior to the current season.

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