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  • AFL Attendance Jumps 1.5% From '10; Orlando Predators See 13.4% Increase

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    The AFL averaged 8,255 fans per game during the ’11 regular season, up 1.5% from 8,135 fans last season. League attendance, however, remains far below levels prior to the canceled ’09 season. AFL teams averaged 12,958 fans per game in ’08 and 12,415 fans in ’07. The Orlando Predators again led all clubs with 12,701 fans per game at Amway Center, up 13.4%. Among the four expansion teams this season, the Philadelphia Soul had the best average (9,802), ranking fourth overall among AFL clubs. Following a move from Shreveport to New Orleans, the VooDoo saw the biggest gain in attendance. The Utah Blaze (+74%) and Dallas Vigilantes (+50%) also saw double-digit percentage gains, while the Tampa Bay Storm (-29%) and Milwaukee Mustangs (-28%) saw the sharpest drops. Listed below is team-by-team regular-season attendance for the AFL, with comparisons to ’10 (THE DAILY).

    '11 AFL REGULAR-SEASON ATTENDANCE
    HOME TEAM
    GMS
    TOTAL
    AVG.
    PREV.
    % +/-
    GMS ('10)
    Orlando Predators
    9
    114,309
    12,701
    11,204
    13.4%
    8
    Tampa Bay Storm
    9
    97,002
    10,778
    15,237
    -29.3%
    8
    Spokane Shock
    9
    92,493
    10,277
    10,313
    -0.3%
    8
    Philadelphia Soul*
    9
    88,218
    9,802
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    San Jose SaberCats*
    9
    84,960
    9,440
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    Jacksonville Sharks
    9
    84,618
    9,402
    11,123
    -15.5%
    8
    Pittsburgh Power*
    9
    82,773
    9,197
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    Arizona Rattlers
    9
    82,629
    9,181
    10,797
    -15.0%
    8
    Iowa Barnstormers
    9
    79,803
    8,867
    9,438
    -6.1%
    8
    Utah Blaze
    9
    78,363
    8,707
    5,018
    73.5%
    8
    Chicago Rush
    9
    77,931
    8,659
    8,222
    5.3%
    8
    Dallas Vigilantes
    9
    76,671
    8,519
    5,686
    49.8%
    8
    New Orleans VooDoo**
    9
    73,377
    8,153
    3,967
    105.5%
    8
    Cleveland Gladiators
    9
    58,572
    6,508
    8,828
    -26.3%
    8
    Tulsa Talons
    9
    48,816
    5,424
    6,581
    -17.6%
    8
    Georgia Force^
    9
    41,922
    4,658
    4,696
    -0.8%
    8
    K.C. Command*
    9
    39,186
    4,354
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    Milwaukee Mustangs
    9
    35,586
    3,954
    5,483
    -27.9%
    8
    AFL TOTALS
    162
    1,337,229
    8,255
    8,135
    1.5%
    120
     
     

    NOTES: Attendance for '10 includes Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz franchise, which folded following last season. * = Expansion team for '11 season. ** = Team moved from Shreveport following last season. ^ = Team moved from Huntsville, Ala., following last season.

     

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