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  • WPS Attendance Down From '10 Despite Boost Following FIFA Women's World Cup

    The six WPS franchises averaged 3,518 fans per game this season, down 2.3% from an average of 3,601 last season (eight teams) and down 24.9% from the league's inaugural season in '09 (seven teams). The Western New York Flash -- in their inaugural WPS season -- led all clubs with 4,881 fans per game at Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester. The Flash got a huge boost at the gate with a league-record crowd of 15,404 on July 20 for a match against the magicJack. It was the first game following the FIFA Women's World Cup to feature many of the U.S. National Team players. The Boston Breakers and Atlanta Beat were also beneficiaries of games that posted strong attendance figures following the World Cup. Sky Blue FC saw the sharpest drop at the gate among WPS clubs, down 35.6% at Yurcak Field at Rutgers Univ. The magicJack averaged a league-low 2,033 fans per game in their first season in Boca Raton. The franchise averaged 3,825 fans per game last season while playing in DC as the Washington Freedom. Listed below is team-by-team attendance for the WPS over the league's first three seasons (THE DAILY).

    '11 WPS REGULAR SEASON ATTENDANCE
    HOME TEAM
    GMS
    TOTAL
    AVG.
    VENUE
    Western New York Flash (a)
    9
    43,929
    4,881
    Sahlen's Stadium
    Atlanta Beat
    9
    43,560
    4,840
    KSU Soccer Stadium
    Boston Breakers
    9
    39,996
    4,444
    Harvard Stadium
    Philadelphia Independence
    9
    24,966
    2,774
    Leslie Quick Stadium
    Sky Blue FC
    9
    19,242
    2,138
    Yurcak Field
    magicJack (b)
    9
    18,297
    2,033
    FAU Soccer Field
    TOTALS
    54
    189,990
    3,518
     
             

    NOTES: (a) = Expansion team. (b) = Relocated to Boca Raton, Fla., following last season as the Washington Freedom in DC.

    '10 WPS REGULAR SEASON ATTENDANCE
    HOME TEAM
    GMS
    TOTAL
    AVG.
    VENUE
    Boston Breakers
    12
    53,878
    4,490
    Harvard Stadium
    Chicago Red Stars
    12
    48,296
    4,025
    Toyota Park
    Washington Freedom
    12
    45,904
    3,825
    Maryland SoccerPlex
    Atlanta Beat
    12
    44,284
    3,690
    KSU Soccer Stadium
    Sky Blue FC
    11
    36,521
    3,320
    Yurcak Field
    FC Gold Pride
    12
    36,675
    3,056
    Pioneer Stadium
    Saint Louis Athletica*
    4
    12,109
    3,027
    Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park
    Philadelphia Independence
    12
    35,605
    2,967
    John A. Farrell Stadium
    TOTALS
    87
    313,272
    3,601
     
             

    NOTE: * = Saint Louis Athletica shut down operations on May 27, 2010.

    '09 WPS REGULAR SEASON ATTENDANCE
    HOME TEAM
    GMS
    TOTAL
    AVG.
    VENUE
    L.A. Sol
    10
    62,980
    6,298
    Home Depot Center
    Washington Freedom
    10
    57,466
    5,747
    Maryland SoccerPlex
    Chicago Red Stars
    10
    49,276
    4,928
    Toyota Park
    Boston Breakers
    10
    46,651
    4,665
    Harvard Stadium
    Saint Louis Athletica
    10
    38,326
    3,833
    Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park
    FC Gold Pride
    10
    36,666
    3,667
    Buck Shaw Stadium
    Sky Blue FC
    10
    36,513
    3,651
    Yurcak Field
    TOTALS
    70
    327,878
    4,684
     

     

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