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  • NASL Attendance Up 1.1%; San Antonio Scorpions Lead League In Debut Season

    NASL, the second tier of U.S. soccer, saw teams average 3,810 fans per game this season, up 1.1% from last year and the first gain since '09. The league saw the gains despite the loss of the Montreal Impact to MLS. The Impact averaged 11,507 fans in the NASL last season. The expansion San Antonio Scorpions led all NASL clubs this season with 9,178 fans per game. The Atlanta Silverbacks and Minnesota Stars also both saw big gains at the gate. Listed below is an attendance trend for the second tier of U.S. soccer -- now known as NASL, but previously the USSF Second Division and USL. Also listed is team-by-team attendance for '12, with comparisons to last year (THE DAILY).

    ATTENDANCE TREND FOR SECOND TIER OF U.S. SOCCER
    YEAR
    AVG
    YEAR
    AVG
    '12
    3,810
    '04
    3,879
    '11
    3,770
    '03
    3,337
    '10
    4,459
    '02
    3,037
    '09
    4,680
    '01
    2,954
    '08
    4,076
    '00
    2,664
    '07
    4,774
    '99
    2,374
    '06
    4,666
    '98
    2,531
    '05
    4,527
    '97
    2,542
    NASL REGULAR-SEASON ATTENDANCE
    TEAM
    GMS
    TOTAL
    AVG.
    PREV.
    % +/-
    San Antonio Scorpions*
    14
    128,488
    9,178
    n/a
    n/a
    Atlanta Silverbacks
    14
    63,064
    4,505
    2,866
    57.2%
    Carolina RailHawks
    14
    54,363
    3,883
    3,353
    15.8%
    Ft. Lauderdale Strikers
    14
    50,610
    3,615
    3,769
    -4.1%
    Tampa Bay Rowdies
    14
    43,620
    3,116
    3,010
    3.5%
    Minnesota Stars
    14
    39,148
    2,796
    1,676
    66.8%
    Puerto Rico Islanders**
    14
    26,101
    1,864
    2,161
    -13.7%
    Edmonton FC
    14
    21,354
    1,525
    1,817
    -16.1%
    NASL TOTALS
    112
    426,748
    3,810
    3,770
    1.1%
               

    NOTES: Attendance from '11 season includes Montreal Impact, which became an MLS club this season. * = Expansion team. ** = Puerto Rico played first 10 home games at capacity-limited facility while main facility was being renovated. Team played just one game at newly-renovated facility.

     

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