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  • WNBA Teams See Record-Low Attendance During '12 Regular Season

    WNBA teams averaged 7,457 fans per game this season, marking the league's lowest average since it began play in '97. The previous low was 7,479 per game set in '06. The '12 average is also down 6% from last season's figure. Half the teams in the WNBA saw a double-digit percentage drop in average attendance this season. The Mystics saw the sharpest drop, down 17.3% at Verizon Center in DC. The Lynx saw a 14.6% jump at the gate on the heels of the team's '11 championship. Listed below is an attendance trend for the WNBA since its inception, as well as team-by-team attendance for the '12 season compared to last season (THE DAILY).

    WNBA AVERAGE ATTENDANCE TREND
    YEAR
    AVERAGE
    YEAR
    AVERAGE
    '12
    7,457
    '04
    8,593
    '11
    7,955
    '03
    8,826
    '10
    7,834
    '02
    9,344
    '09
    8,039
    '01
    9,075
    '08
    7,952
    '00
    9,072
    '07
    7,742
    '99
    10,189
    '06
    7,479
    '98
    10,864
    '05
    8,173
    '97
    9,662
           
    WNBA REGULAR-SEASON ATTENDANCE
    HOME TEAM
    GMS
    TOTAL
    AVG.
    % CAP.
    PREV.
    % +/-
    GMS ('11)
    Sparks
    17
    172,990
    10,176
    77.4%
    10,320
    -1.4%
    17
    Lynx
    17
    164,617
    9,683
    105.5%
    8,447
    14.6%
    17
    Mystics
    17
    146,861
    8,639
    85.1%
    10,449
    -17.3%
    17
    Silver Stars
    17
    133,454
    7,850
    79.8%
    8,751
    -10.3%
    17
    Mercury
    17
    132,839
    7,814
    76.6%
    9,167
    -14.8%
    17
    Fever
    17
    128,897
    7,582
    82.3%
    8,054
    -5.9%
    17
    Storm
    17
    127,266
    7,486
    77.3%
    8,659
    -13.5%
    17
    Sun
    17
    123,519
    7,266
    76.3%
    7,056
    3.0%
    17
    Liberty
    17
    114,950
    6,762
    36.6%
    7,702
    -12.2%
    17
    Sky
    17
    94,746
    5,573
    79.6%
    5,536
    0.7%
    17
    Dream
    17
    92,708
    5,453
    53.7%
    6,487
    -15.9%
    17
    Shock
    17
    88,453
    5,203
    69.6%
    4,828
    7.8%
    17
    WNBA TOTALS
    204
    1,521,300
    7,457
    72.1%
    7,955
    -6.3%
    204
                   

    NOTES: All attendance data is based on totals posted immediately following games. Figures do not reflect any subsequent adjustments made by teams or the league. The '12 season began May 18 and the '11 season began on June 3. There were no games this season between July 4 and Aug. 15 due to the London Games.

     

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