All eight teams were in action in Week 3 and none of the four matches were outliers for attendance. All four were pretty on par with the league average thus far (if outliers are removed) and just about at the expectation level of each team.
Now is as good of a time as any to remind everyone that these are announced attendances. That means a combination of things — from number of tickets actually sold, to potentially inflated numbers — but what it typically never means is the actual number of butts that were on the seats inside the stadium. Just something to keep in mind, since those of you at the stadiums or watching online might scratch your head at a couple of numbers. And that’s certainly not a practice exclusive to the NWSL or any league (think MLS circa 2,000….or, for some teams, still today).
The league is hovering just below an average announced attendance of 5,000 fans per game, though that is closer to 3,500 without Portland’s huge home opener crowd.
Here’s a look at National Women’s Soccer League attendance figures through Week 3 (10 games):
Average attendance: 4,842
(Without Portland: 3,549)
Total attendance to date: 48,418
(Without Portland: 31,939)
Seattle Reign FC @ FC Kansas City (Shawnee Mission District Stadium) — 4,064
Boston Breakers @ Western New York Flash (Sahlen’s Stadium) — 4,065
Portland Thorns FC @ Chicago Red Stars (Benedictine University Sports Complex) — 2,855
Sky Blue FC @ Washington Spirit (Maryland SoccerPlex) — 3,102