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WNBA Attendance Down Slightly As League Takes Month-Long Olympic Break

WNBA teams are averaging 7,752 fans per game this season to date, down slightly compared to the same period a year ago. The Sparks lead all clubs with 10,567 fans per game and are the only club with five-figure attendance. Average attendance for the Lynx is up 16.7%, marking the league's biggest increase on the heels of the franchise's first WNBA championship last season. Meanwhile, the Mystics and Mercury are seeing double-digit declines at the gate. Listed below is team-by-team attendance for the WNBA through the Olympics break, with comparisons to the same period last year (THE DAILY).

WNBA REGULAR-SEASON ATTENDANCE THROUGH OLYMPIC BREAK
HOME TEAM
GMS
TOTAL
AVG.
PREV.
% +/-
GMS ('11)
Sparks
10
105,671
10,567
10,488
0.8%
6
Lynx
10
98,762
9,876
8,463
16.7%
9
Mystics
10
92,070
9,207
10,763
-14.5%
8
Silver Stars
8
72,278
9,035
9,509
-5.0%
8
Storm
7
57,677
8,240
9,132
-9.8%
7
Mercury
8
65,124
8,141
9,289
-12.4%
8
Liberty
9
65,066
7,230
7,801
-7.3%
10
Fever
9
64,577
7,175
7,369
-2.6%
10
Sun
10
70,161
7,016
6,728
4.3%
8
Sky
10
61,229
6,123
5,711
7.2%
11
Dream
9
53,692
5,966
6,388
-6.6%
10
Shock
11
54,142
4,922
4,683
5.1%
10
WNBA TOTALS
111
860,449
7,752
7,796
-0.6%
105
 

NOTES: Last season began June 3, 2011, while the '12 season began on May 18. The league also has not scheduled any games between July 14 and Aug. 15 due to WNBA players participating in the London Games. All attendance data is based on totals posted immediately following games. Figures do not reflect any subsequent adjustments made by teams or the league.

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