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Boxed In: NLL Regular-Season Attendance Declines 5% From '09

The National Lacrosse League (NLL) averaged 9,559 fans per game during the '10 regular season, down almost 5% from last year. The Buffalo Bandits once again led all clubs at the gate with 16,605 fans per game, but that mark was down 8% from last season. Eight of the 11 clubs this season saw dips in home attendance, with two clubs seeing double-digit percentage drops. The Boston Blazers saw a 26% increase in home attendance in their second season, while the Orlando Titans saw a 50% jump after leaving N.Y. following last season. The chart below lists team-by-team attendance for the '10 NLL regular season, with comparisons to the '09 season (THE DAILY).

'10 NLL REGULAR-SEASON ATTENDANCE
TEAM
GMS
TOTAL
AVG.
PREV.
% +/-
'08-09
GMS
Buffalo Bandits
8
132,836
16,605
17,947
-7.5%
8
Colorado Mammoth
8
120,299
15,037
16,475
-8.7%
8
Calgary Roughnecks
8
83,349
10,419
10,398
0.2%
8
Toronto Rock
8
80,532
10,067
13,921
-27.7%
8
Minnesota Swarm
8
76,706
9,588
12,308
-22.1%
8
Philadelphia Wings
8
75,664
9,458
10,537
-10.2%
8
Boston Blazers
8
66,478
8,310
6,620
25.5%
8
Edmonton Rush
8
60,465
7,558
8,347
-9.5%
8
Rochester Knighthawks
8
57,037
7,130
7,516
-5.1%
8
Orlando Titans*
8
56,283
7,035
4,692
49.9%
8
Washington Stealth**
8
31,559
3,945
4,129
-4.5%
8
TOTALS^
88
841,208
9,559
10,018
-4.6%
96


NOTES: * = Team moved from N.Y. after last season. ** = Team moved from San Jose to Everett, Washington, after last season. ^ = Attendance average for '09 includes Portland (OR) Lumberjax, who ceased operations after last season.

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