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WNBA Rebounds From Record-Low Attendance Last Year For Best League Figure Since '11

The WNBA finished the season with an average of 7,655 fans per game, up 4.6% from a record-low figure last season and the league's best average since '11. There were eight teams that saw increases at the gate in '16. With the return of former league MVP Diana Taurasi, who sat out the '15 season, the Phoenix Mercury averaged 10,351 per game, marking the team’s highest figure since '99. The Mercury also led the league in attendance for the third straight season. The San Antonio Stars saw the biggest gain this season, up 32% in the team's return to AT&T Center after playing home games last season at the smaller Freeman Coliseum. The Indiana Fever and Seattle Storm also saw double-digit percentage growth. During the Wings' first season in the Dallas market, the club drew 5,298 fans per game at UT-Arlington's College Park Center. That figure was the lowest average for a WNBA team this season. The club averaged 5,167 fans per game during its final season in Tulsa last year. The Washington Mystics had the biggest drop among WNBA clubs, down 10% at Verizon Center.

WNBA AVERAGE ATTENDANCE
YEAR
AVERAGE
YEAR
AVERAGE
'16
7,655
'06
7,479
'15
7,318
'05
8,173
'14
7,578
'04
8,593
'13
7,531
'03
8,826
'12
7,457
'02
9,344
'11
7,955
'01
9,075
'10
7,834
'00
9,072
'09
8,039
'99
10,189
'08
7,952
'98
10,864
'07
7,742
'97
9,662
'16 WNBA REGULAR-SEASON ATTENDANCE
HOME TEAM
GAMES
TOTAL
AVG.
% CAP.
PREV.
% +/-
GAMES ('15)
Phoenix Mercury
17
175,965
10,351
107.5%
9,946
4.1%
17
N.Y. Liberty
17
165,300
9,724
96.1%
9,159
6.2%
17
L.A. Sparks
17
163,839
9,638
73.3%
9,065
6.3%
17
Minnesota Lynx
17
157,523
9,266
101.2%
9,364
-1.0%
17
Indiana Fever
17
145,771
8,575
93.1%
7,485
14.6%
17
Seattle Storm
17
122,912
7,230
74.6%
6,516
11.0%
17
Chicago Sky
17
119,147
7,009
95.6%
6,894
1.7%
17
Washington Mystics
17
117,795
6,929
93.6%
7,714
-10.2%
17
San Antonio Stars*
17
108,551
6,385
64.6%
4,831
32.2%
17
Connecticut Sun
17
99,236
5,837
62.6%
5,557
5.0%
17
Atlanta Dream**
17
95,431
5,614
57.0%
6,122
-8.3%
17
Dallas Wings***
17
90,060
5,298
75.7%
NA
NA
17
LEAGUE TOTALS
204
1,561,530
7,655
82.2%
7,318
4.6%
204
 

NOTES: No games were scheduled from July 23-Aug. 24 due to the '16 Rio Games. * = Played the '15 season at Freeman Coliseum due to renovations at AT&T Center. ** = Includes one designated home game played at Georgia Tech's McCamish Pavilion this season. *** = Relocated from Tulsa to Dallas following the '15 season, with home games at UT-Arlington's College Park Center having a smaller capacity. Tulsa attendance figures are included in the leaguewide figure for last season.