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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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