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AFL Teams Seeing 2.7% Drop In Home Attendance Through June 4

The AFL is averaging 7,698 fans per game to date, down 2.7% from 7,914 fans through the same period last year. The league is playing with 18 teams this season after having 15 last year, which was the league's first season back after the '09 season was canceled due to financial considerations. Six clubs are seeing double-digit percentage declines from '10. The Orlando Predators lead all teams with 11,977 fan per game, up 11.1%. The Utah Blaze are seeing the biggest jump at the gate, up 45.1% at EnergySolutions Arena, while the Dallas Vigilantes (+25.3%) also are up big from last season. Listed below is AFL team-by-team attendance for the '11 season through June 4, with comparisons to the same period last season (THE DAILY).

AFL HOME ATTENDANCE THROUGH JUNE 4
HOME TEAM
GMS
TOTAL
AVG.
PREV.
% +/-
GMS ('10)
Orlando Predators
5
59,884
11,977
10,778
11.1%
3
Tampa Bay Storm
4
41,641
10,410
14,349
-27.4%
4
Spokane Shock
5
48,113
9,623
10,359
-7.1%
5
San Jose SaberCats^
7
66,445
9,492
n/a
n/a
n/a
Pittsburgh Power*
7
66,320
9,474
n/a
n/a
n/a
Iowa Barnstormers
5
44,370
8,874
9,322
-4.8%
5
Arizona Rattlers
6
53,217
8,870
11,328
-21.7%
4
Philadelphia Soul^
5
44,180
8,836
n/a
n/a
n/a
Jacksonville Sharks
5
42,799
8,560
10,575
-19.1%
4
Chicago Rush
6
51,261
8,544
8,332
2.5%
4
Utah Blaze
6
49,368
8,228
5,672
45.1%
4
New Orleans VooDoo**
7
54,981
7,854
n/a
n/a
n/a
Dallas Vigilantes
6
43,293
7,216
5,760
25.3%
4
Tulsa Talons
5
28,088
5,618
6,506
-13.7%
5
Cleveland Gladiators
5
26,093
5,219
9,277
-43.7%
4
K.C. Command^
6
25,033
4,172
n/a
n/a
n/a
Georgia Force^^
7
28,193
4,028
n/a
n/a
n/a
Milwaukee Mustangs***
6
19,624
3,271
5,107
-36.0%
5
AFL TOTALS
103
792,903
7,698
7,914
-2.7%
64

NOTES: All attendance figures are based on totals posted immediately following games. They may not reflect any subsequent adjustments made by teams or the league. * = Expansion club. ^ = Club returned to AFL after sitting out the '10 season. ** = Relocated to New Orleans after last season as the Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings. ^^ = Relocated to Atlanta after last season as the Alabama Vipers. Georgia Force also played in AFL through '08. *** = Team played last season as the Milwaukee Iron. 

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