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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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