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  • WNBA Attendance Down 2.5%, But Eight Clubs See Gains From '09

    The WNBA averaged 7,834 fans per game this regular season, down 2.5% from an average of 8,039 fans per game last year. The league had seen attendance gains during the previous three seasons. Excluding the Shock, who moved from Detroit to Tulsa in the offseason, eight of 11 teams saw increases in attendance this year. The N.Y. Liberty led the league with 11,069 fans per game, up a league-best 12.9% from '09. The Connecticut Sun also saw a double-digit jump this season, up 10.2%. The Washington Mystics saw the sharpest drop in the league, down 17.5% at Verizon Center after seeing a 25% gain last season. The Dream were down 11.4% at Philips Arena in their third season in Atlanta. Listed below is team-by-team attendance for the '10 WNBA regular season, with comparisons to last year (THE DAILY).

    '10 WNBA REGULAR-SEASON ATTENDANCE
    HOME TEAM
    GMS
    TOTAL
    AVG.
    % CAP.
    PREV.
    % +/-
    GMS
    ('09)
    N.Y. Liberty
    17
    188,173
    11,069
    56.0%
    9,800
    12.9%
    17
    L.A. Sparks*
    17
    160,951
    9,468
    73.7%
    10,387
    -8.9%
    17
    Washington Mystics
    17
    159,065
    9,357
    92.2%
    11,338
    -17.5%
    17
    Phoenix Mercury
    17
    152,686
    8,982
    94.7%
    8,523
    5.4%
    17
    Seattle Storm
    17
    141,472
    8,322
    85.9%
    7,874
    5.7%
    17
    Indiana Fever
    17
    140,504
    8,265
    85.7%
    7,939
    4.1%
    17
    San Antonio Silver Stars
    17
    136,706
    8,042
    42.8%
    7,527
    6.8%
    17
    Minnesota Lynx
    17
    129,582
    7,622
    83.0%
    7,537
    1.1%
    17
    Connecticut Sun
    17
    127,268
    7,486
    78.7%
    6,794
    10.2%
    17
    Atlanta Dream
    17
    106,983
    6,293
    61.9%
    7,102
    -11.4%
    17
    Tulsa Shock
    17
    81,811
    4,812
    64.3%
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    Chicago Sky**
    17
    72,959
    4,292
    61.3%
    3,933
    9.1%
    17
    TOTALS
    204
    1,598,160
    7,834
    70.3%
    8,039
    -2.5%
    221

    NOTES: For purposes of the chart above, last season's WNBA attendance figures include marks for the Detroit Shock (7,874 average), who relocated to Tulsa after last season, as well as the Sacramento Monarchs (7,744 average), who ceased operations.  If comparing only the 11 teams that played in both '09 and '10, WNBA average attendance saw a slight increase from last season. All attendance figures in the chart are based on totals posted immediately following games. It may not reflect any subsequent adjustments made by teams or the league. * = Sparks' attendance includes home game against Storm played outdoors at The Home Depot Center on June 5 with a posted attendance of 6,026. ** = The Sky played at Allstate Arena this season, having relocated from the UIC Pavilion after the '09 season.

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