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NWSL Attendance Watch: Week 7

Each team played one game this week.  There were three good crowds and one poor crowd.  Boston, which had sold out its first two home games, had the lowest gate of the week, but that match was played on an unusually cold day for May and in heavy rain.  Seattle fans showed up in full force to see the return of Hope Solo and Alex Morgan.  No word on how many of these fans made the short trip to support the Thorns.  Regardless, it was a much needed full house for the Reign.

Kansas City proved once again that it is a popular draw.  All four home matches have had announced crowds of over 4,000.  They appear to have the second spot tied up in the attendance tables.

Overall, attendance stayed pretty close to previous averages.  The weekly average came in just under 3,000.  Next week won’t tell us much as there are only two matches on the NWSL schedule with the U.S. women’s national team heading north to square off against Canada.

Here are the NWSL’s attendance numbers through Week 7 (28 games):

Average Attendance: 4,049
(Average Attendance Without Portland’s Home Games: 2,935)

Attendance Standard Deviation: 3,645

Median Attendance: 3,108

Total Attendance to date: 113,384
(Total Attendance Without Portland’s Home Games: 73,376)

Week Seven Attendance Numbers:

Chicago Red Stars @ Western New York Flash (Sahlen’s Stadium) – 3,152

Washington Spirit @ Boston Breakers (Dilboy Stadium) – 1,246

Portland Thorns FC @ Seattle Reign FC (Starfire Stadium) – 3,324

Sky Blue FC @ FC Kansas City (Shawnee Mission District Stadium) – 4,186

Average Home Attendance
Team Games Average Capacity
Portland Thorns FC 3 13,336 65%
FC Kansas City 4 4,849 79%
Washington Spirit 4 4,177 93%
Western New York Flash 4 3,021 22%
Boston Breakers 3 2,331 81%
Chicago Red Stars 3 1,813 52%
Sky Blue FC 3 1,586 32%
Seattle Reign FC 4 2,000 62%

Archive:

Week 1 attendance figures
Week 2 attendance figures
Week 3 attendance figures
Week 4 attendance figures
Week 5 attendance figures
Week 6 attendance figures

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