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NWSL Attendance Watch: Week 13

Saturday's crowd at Yurcak Field -- in steaming heat -- was an average one for Sky Blue FC. (Photo Copyright Amanda McCormick |

The National Women’s Soccer League has now crossed the 200,000 fan mark for the season.  This week FC Kansas City had their biggest gate since the opener.  Chicago celebrated Independence Day with a good showing and had over 2,000 fans at their game for only the second time this season.

The Spirit had a busy week, and the one thing that had been constant was their strong fan support.  Unfortunately, they had a smaller crowd at their Wednesday game, which dropped their average attendance and high capacity marks.

Week 14 in the NWSL will see another Portland home game, which always helps the attendance numbers.  The league will also have their first televised game of the season when Seattle Reign FC host the Washington Spirit on Fox Soccer Channel.  The crowd in Seattle, as well as the ratings, will be interesting to see.

Here are the NWSL’s attendance numbers through Week 13 (56 games):

Average Attendance:  3,997
(Average Attendance Without Portland’s Home Games: 2,739)

Attendance Standard Deviation: 3,679

Median Attendance: 2,797

Total Attendance to date: 223,811
(Total Attendance Without Portland’s Home Games: 134,233)

Week Thirteen Attendance Numbers:

Boston Breakers @ Seattle Reign FC (Starfire Stadium) – 1,430

FC Kansas City @ Washington Spirit (Maryland SoccerPlex) – 2,467

Western New York Flash @ Chicago Red Stars (Benedictine University Sports Complex Stadium) – 2,064

Washington Spirit @ Sky Blue FC (Yurcak Field) – 1,322

Boston Breakers @ Portland Thorns FC (JELD-WEN Field) – 12,436

Western New York Flash @ FC Kansas City (Verizon Wireless Field) – 5,031


Average Home Attendance
Team Games Average Capacity
Portland Thorns FC 7 12,797 63%
FC Kansas City 8 4,460 73%
Washington Spirit 6 3,968 88%
Western New York Flash 6 3,632 26%
Boston Breakers 7 2,242 84%
Seattle Reign FC 7 1,875 52%
Sky Blue FC 8 1,697 34%
Chicago Red Stars 7 1,509 43%


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