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MLL Attendance Down 5%; Denver Continues Strong Home Gate

Major League Lacrosse (MLL) averaged 5,278 fans per game this season, down 5% from last year, when the league contracted from 10 to six teams and set an average attendance record. The '10 average attendance number marks the league's second-highest figure in its history. The Denver Outlaws led all teams for the fifth consecutive season with 10,778 fans per game. The franchise is the only club in MLL's six-year history that has averaged over 10,000 fans, and the team has done so in each of its five seasons. The Toronto Nationals saw the league's sharpest drop in the league during their second season in Canada, down 29.1% after moving from BMO Field to Lamport Stadium for this season (THE DAILY).

'10 MLL REGULAR-SEASON ATTENDANCE
TEAM
GMS
TOTAL
AVG.
PREV.
% +/-
GMS
('09)
Denver Outlaws
6
64,669
10,778
10,127
6.4%
6
Boston Cannons
6
49,540
8,256
8,080
2.2%
6
Chesapeake Bayhawks*
6
26,474
4,412
4,420
-0.2%
6
Long Island Lizards
6
18,786
3,131
4,304
-27.3%
6
Toronto Nationals
6
16,379
2,729
3,847
-29.1%
6
Chicago Machine**
6
14,185
2,364
2,569
-8.0%
6
MLL TOTALS
36
190,033
5,278
5,558
-5.0%
36

NOTE: * = Team played last season as the Washington Bayhawks. ** = team played '10 season as a "traveling" team, with all home games at neutral fields outside of Chicago.

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