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NWSL Attendance Watch: Week 17

Thorns FC supporters group Rose City Riveters raised a tifo at the last regular season home game of 2013, which saw an NWSL record crowd of 17,619 fans. (Photo copyright Meg Linehan for The Equalizer)

Thorns FC supporters group Rose City Riveters raised a tifo at the last regular season home game in JELD-WEN, which saw an NWSL record crowd of 17,619 fans. (Photo copyright Meg Linehan for The Equalizer)

This was the biggest week of the season for the NWSL.  The league had six games as the season is winding down, with Portland hosting twice.  Every hosting team drew more fans than they have averaged for the year.  Chicago pulled off a huge crowd with their first sellout of the year.  With all of the fans from this week, the league has now easily crossed the 300,000 mark.

Now onto Portland.  With two home games this week, Portland drew over 30,000 fans for the week.  That is more fans than six of the other teams have drawn at home all year.  The Thorns saw a huge crowd for their Wednesday night game, and then broke the league record for attendance for the FOX Soccer game of the week.

There are seven games next week with the playoff picture shaping up.  There should be a big crowd on Saturday to see the Flash take on the Thorns.

Here are the NWSL’s attendance numbers through Week 17 (77 games):

Average Attendance: 4,287
(Average Attendance Without Portland’s Home Games: 2,781)

Attendance Standard Deviation: 4,007

Median Attendance: 2,899

Total Attendance to date: 330,086
(Total Attendance Without Portland’s Home Games: 183,565)

Week Seventeen Attendance Numbers:

Washington Spirit @ Western New York Flash (Sahlen’s Stadium) – 3,967

Sky Blue FC @ Portland Thorns FC (JELD-WEN Field) – 13,769

Seattle Reign FC @ Chicago Red Stars (Benedictine University Sports Complex Stadium) – 3,400 (sellout)

Western New York Flash @ Boston Breakers (Dilboy Stadium) – 2,899

Washington Spirit @ Sky Blue FC (Yurcak Field) – 2,172

FC Kansas City @ Portland Thorns FC (JELD-WEN Field) – 17,619

Average Home Attendance
Team Games Average Capacity
Portland Thorns FC 11 13,320 65%
FC Kansas City 10 4,597 75%
Western New York Flash 8 3,803 28%
Washington Spirit 8 3,626 81%
Boston Breakers 9 2,397 88%
Seattle Reign FC 10 2,151 60%
Chicago Red Stars 10 1,675 48%
Sky Blue FC 11 1,666 33%

 

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