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NWSL Attendance Watch: Week 6

Portland Thorns FC fan
Portland Thorns FC fan

Portland drew two large crowds to JELD-WEN Field in four days this week. (Copyright Patricia Giobetti |

This was the week that the NWSL had been waiting for.  Portland’s two home matches helped get the week attendance to almost 30,000 and also cross the 100,000 mark for the season.  FC Kansas City also proved that they can continue to have solid draws.  Boston, Washington, and Kansas City are leading the charge and now are the only teams getting over 80% of their tickets sold.

Not all of Week 6 was positive.  What happened in Seattle?  Just over 2,000 people total showed up for their two matches.  With these two poorly attended matches, the Reign now take over the bottom spot in the attendance rankings.  They need to get a big crowd on Saturday for the matchup with the Thorns.

Here are the NWSL’s attendance numbers through Week 6 (24 games):

Average Attendance: 4,228
(Average Attendance Without Portland’s Home Games: 2,927)

Attendance Standard Deviation: 3,894

Median Attendance: 2,979

Total Attendance to date: 101,476
(Total Attendance Without Portland’s Home Games: 61,468)

Week Six Attendance Numbers:

Washington Spirit @ Seattle Reign FC (Starfire Stadium) – 1,011

Sky Blue FC @ Portland Thorns FC (JELD-WEN Field) – 11,055

Boston Breakers @ FC Kansas City (Shawnee Mission District Stadium) – 4,362

Washington Spirit @ Portland Thorns FC (JELD-WEN Field) – 12,474

Sky Blue FC @ Seattle Reign FC (Starfire Stadium) – 1,046

Average Home Attendance
Team Games Average Capacity
Portland Thorns FC 3 13,336 65%
FC Kansas City 3 5,070 82%
Washington Spirit 4 4,177 93%
Western New York Flash 3 2,977 22%
Boston Breakers 2 2,874 100%
Chicago Red Stars 3 1,813 52%
Sky Blue FC 3 1,586 32%
Seattle Reign FC 3 1,558 48%


Week 1 attendance figures

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Week 4 attendance figures

Week 5 attendance figures


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