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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 4HOME TEAMGMSTOTALAVG.% CAP.PREV.% +/-GMS ('08)Washington Mystics10116,51811,652115.4%8,99529.5%13L.A. Sparks557,18211,43687.0%9,33022.6%12
N.Y. Liberty1098,5329,85349.9%9,3525.4%12 Detroit Shock981,8089,09080.7%9,710-6.4%13 Sacramento Monarchs974,0578,22947.5%7,8774.5%14 Seattle Storm1186,5327,86781.2%8,083-2.7%14 Phoenix Mercury1185,9717,81682.5%8,340-6.3%13 Indiana Fever1185,8577,80580.9%7,6452.1%13 San Antonio Silver Stars968,0817,56540.2%7,886-4.1%14 Minnesota Lynx1180,6987,33679.9%6,9964.9%14 Atlanta Dream1069,9666,99762.5%8,279-15.5%14 Connecticut Sun1065,5896,55968.9%7,364-10.9%13 Chicago Sky1039,2933,92960.5%3,37016.6%12 WNBA TOTALS1261,010,0848,01780.2%7,8632.0%184
NOTE: '08 attendance total includes marks for the Houston Comets, who ceased operations prior to the current season.