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  • WNBA Sees Small Attendance Uptick After Record-Low Figure Last Season

    WNBA teams averaged 7,531 fans per game during the '13 regular season, up slightly from a record-low figure last year. This year's attendance still ranks as the league's third-lowest figure since its inception in '97. No team averaged over 10,000 fans per game -- a first for the league since '08, an Olympic year. The Sparks led all teams for the second straight season with 9,869 fans per game, a figure that was down 3% from last season. The addition of rookie Elena Della Donne helped the Sky see a league-best 18% jump at the gate. Fellow top rookies Brittney Griner and Skylar Diggins helped their respective clubs -- the Mercury and Shock -- each see strong gains. The Sun saw the sharpest drop among all clubs, down around 10% at the gate. Also down were the Mystics (-9%), who finished sixth in attendance after leading the league in '11 (THE DAILY).

    WNBA AVERAGE ATTENDANCE TREND
    YEAR
    AVERAGE
    '13
    7,531
    '12
    7,457
    '11
    7,955
    '10
    7,834
    '09
    8,039
    '08
    7,952
    '07
    7,742
    '06
    7,479
    '05
    8,173
    '04
    8,593
    '03
    8,826
    '02
    9,344
    '01
    9,075
    '00
    9,072
    '99
    10,189
    '98
    10,864
    '97
    9,662
    '13 WNBA REGULAR-SEASON ATTENDANCE
    TEAM
    GMS
    TOTAL
    AVG.
    % CAP.
    PREV.
    % +/-
    GMS ('12)
    Sparks
    17
    167,773
    9,869
    75.0%
    10,176
    -3.0%
    17
    Lynx
    17
    159,483
    9,381
    102.2%
    9,683
    -3.1%
    17
    Mercury
    17
    145,466
    8,557
    83.9%
    7,814
    9.5%
    17
    Fever
    17
    138,795
    8,164
    88.6%
    7,582
    7.7%
    17
    Silver Stars
    17
    134,532
    7,914
    80.0%
    7,850
    0.8%
    17
    Mystics
    17
    133,242
    7,838
    77.6%
    8,639
    -9.3%
    17
    Liberty
    17
    122,217
    7,189
    38.9%
    6,762
    6.3%
    17
    Storm
    17
    118,671
    6,981
    72.1%
    7,486
    -6.8%
    17
    Sky
    17
    112,212
    6,601
    94.3%
    5,573
    18.4%
    17
    Sun
    17
    111,320
    6,548
    68.8%
    7,266
    -9.9%
    17
    Dream
    17
    99,493
    5,853
    57.6%
    5,453
    7.3%
    17
    Shock
    17
    93,055
    5,474
    73.2%
    5,203
    5.2%
    17
    WNBA TOTALS
    204
    1,536,259
    7,531
    72.8%
    7,457
    1.0%
    204

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