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  • Inaugural Season For NWSL Sees Avg. Attendance Below Debuts For WPS, WUSA

    The NWSL averaged 4,270 fans per game during its inaugural season, below the 4,684 during the first season for the WPS in '09 and well below the 8,116 average for the WUSA in '01. The Portland Thorns led all clubs with 13,320 fans per game, which was more than 8,600 greater than second-ranked FC Kansas City. Five of the eight NWSL clubs had attendance that would have ranked in last place during the WPS' inaugural season (THE DAILY).

    NWSL REGULAR-SEASON ATTENDANCE
    TEAM
    GMS
    TOTAL
    AVG.
    Portland Thorns FC
    11
    146,521
    13,320
    FC Kansas City
    11
    50,884
    4,626
    Western New York Flash
    11
    49,334
    4,485
    Washington Spirit
    11
    39,816
    3,620
    Boston Breakers
    11
    26,697
    2,427
    Seattle Reign FC
    11
    25,365
    2,306
    Chicago Red Stars
    11
    18,817
    1,711
    Sky Blue FC
    11
    18,329
    1,666
    NWSL TOTALS
    88
    375,763
    4,270
     
    '09 WPS REGULAR-SEASON ATTENDANCE
    TEAM
    GMS
    TOTAL
    AVG.
    L.A. Sol
    10
    62,980
    6,298
    Washington Freedom (a)
    10
    57,466
    5,747
    Chicago Red Stars
    10
    49,276
    4,928
    Boston Breakers
    10
    46,651
    4,665
    Saint Louis Athletica (b)
    10
    38,326
    3,833
    FC Gold Pride
    10
    36,666
    3,667
    Sky Blue FC (c)
    10
    36,513
    3,651
    WPS TOTALS
    70
    327,878
    4,684
     
    NOTES: (a) = team played three games at RFK Stadium and remaining games at Maryland SoccerPlex. (b) = played one game at Robert R. Hermann Stadium (capacity: 6,050); two games at Korte Stadium (capacity: 5,000); and remainder of home schedule at Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park (c) = team played its first two games at TD Bank Ballpark (capacity: 6,100) and remaining eight home games at Yurcak Field.
     
    '01 WUSA REGULAR-SEASON ATTENDANCE
    TEAM
    GMS
    TOTAL
    AVG.
    Washington Freedom
    10
    144,207
    14,421
    Atlanta Beat
    11
    123,013
    11,183
    Boston Breakers
    10
    88,127
    8,813
    Bay Area CyberRays
    10
    76,922
    7,692
    Philadelphia Charge
    11
    71,541
    6,504
    N.Y. Power
    10
    57,237
    5,724
    San Diego Spirit
    11
    62,850
    5,714
    Carolina Courage
    11
    57,808
    5,255
    WUSA TOTALS
    84
    681,705
    8,116

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