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NWSL Attendance Watch: Week 8

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 |

Week 8 only had two games on the schedule, but it was a case of extremes for the NWSL attendance numbers.  The two games were hosted by the clubs in first and last in home attendance this season.  The week’s gates stayed true to their numbers.  Portland drew another huge crowd, while Sky Blue FC had another disappointing turnout, despite sitting atop the standings.

Since there were only two games played, the numbers for the season pretty much stayed the same.  This week will see five games, which will be hosted by the league’s four worst in attendance and then Portland.

Here are the NWSL’s attendance numbers through Week 8 (30 games):

Average Attendance: 4,238
(Average Attendance Without Portland’s Home Games: 2,873)

Attendance Standard Deviation: 3,876

Median Attendance: 3,108

Total Attendance to date: 127,142
(Total Attendance Without Portland’s Home Games: 74,688)

Week Eight Attendance Numbers:

Chicago Red Stars @ Portland Thorns FC (JELD-WEN Field) – 12,446

Boston Breakers @ Sky Blue FC (Yurcak Field) – 1,312

Average Home Attendance
Team Games Average Capacity
Portland Thorns FC 4 13,114 64%
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%
Seattle Reign FC 4 2,000 56%
Chicago Red Stars 3 1,813 52%
Sky Blue FC 4 1,518 30%

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