There were five matches this week in the NWSL. Three of those matches had gates of less than 1,500, which dropped the average attendance of the league once again. Only 688 people turned out in the rain to watch the midweek match of Sky Blue FC and Chicago. The most disappointing crowd of the week was at Sahlen’s Stadium. Less than 3,000 people showed up to watch the Flash take on a very good Kansas City team.
Washington once again had a solid crowd and have now had three of their four home games go over 4,000 people in attendance. The overall numbers suffered some this week since Chicago and Sky Blue FC both played two games and have been the two worst drawing teams in the league.
Week 6 should see an increase in all attendance numbers as the league heads west. There should be good crowds in Portland for two games and in Kansas City for one.
Here are the NWSL’s attendance numbers through Week 5 (19 games):
Average Attendance: 3,765
(Average Attendance Without Portland’s opener: 3,058)
Attendance Standard Deviation: 3,412
Median Attendance: 2,855
Total Attendance to date: 71,528
(Total Attendance Without Portland’s opener: 55,049)
Week Five Attendance Numbers:
Chicago Red Stars @ Sky Blue FC (Yurcak Field) – 688
Boston Breakers @ Washington Spirit (Maryland SoccerPlex) – 4,027
Seattle Reign FC @ Sky Blue FC (Yurcak Field) – 1,459
FC Kansas City @ Western New York Flash (Sahlen’s Stadium) – 2,738
Portland Thorns FC @ Chicago Red Stars (Benedictine University Sports Complex) – 1,329
|Average Home Attendance by Team
|Portland Thorns FC||1||16,479|
|FC Kansas City||2||5,424|
|Western New York Flash||3||2,977|
|Seattle Reign FC||1||2,618|
|Chicago Red Stars||3||1,813|
|Sky Blue FC||3||1,586|
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