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Taking Attendance: Final Unofficial PDL Attendance Numbers

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With the USL’s PDL regular season just completed and the playoffs underway, here’s a look at the final (unofficial) numbers for the league (as always, additions and corrections are welcome):

Rk Team G Total Average Median High Low
1 Des Moines Menace 8 27,790 3,474 3,497 3,961 2,929
2 Fresno Fuego #5 15,237 3,047 2,743 4,361 1,723
3 Portland Timbers 8 23,079 2,885 1,444 8,174 349
4 Carolina Dynamo 8 13,620 1,703 1,710 2,741 945
5 Austin Aztex 8 11,157 1,395 1,235 2,507 808
6 Ventura Co.Fusion 8 10,417 1,302 1,023 3,165 749
7 West Texas Sockers 8 10,202 1,275 1,182 1,917 972
8 Victoria Highlanders *7 7,116 1,017 1,078 1,253 720
9 W. Mass Pioneers **6 5,376 896 881 1,491 411
10 BYU Cougars *7 6,151 879 944 2,026 207
11 Laredo Heat 8 5,747 718 682 1,123 526
12 Tucson *7 4,769 681 686 827 513
13 Ocean City *7 4,384 626 481 1,175 298
14 Michigan Bucks *7 4,050 579 419 1,342 285
15 Palmetto Bantams 8 4,324 541 509 1,031 216
16 Thunder Bay Chill 8 4,311 539 536 583 509
17 Forest City London *7 3,550 507 400 1,000 200
18 Mississippi Brilla 8 4,014 502 550 667 223
19 New Orleans Jesters &2 1,000 500 500 500 500
20 Panama City #5 2,420 484 455 598 407
21 WSA Winnipeg 8 3,750 469 375 1,200 250
22 Vermont Voltage *7 3,176 454 241 1,340 135
23 El Paso Patriots 8 3,551 444 476 816 180
24 Kitsap Pumas *7 3,069 438 438 691 228
25 Sounders U23 **6 2,523 421 282 968 68
26 Baltimore Bohemians 8 3,198 400 349 753 131
27 LI Rough Riders 8 2,913 364 330 612 103
28 CFC Azul 8 2,853 357 365 457 235
29 Kansas City Brass *7 2,379 340 358 398 213
30 Va. Beach Piranhas 8 2,691 336 304 558 258
31 Fredericksburg 8 2,660 333 271 537 202
32 Worcester Hydra 8 2,589 324 300 531 250
33 Reading United AC 8 2,389 299 292 416 220
34 Orlando City U23 %4 1,183 296 308 468 100
35 Ocala Stampede 8 2,325 291 275 500 150
36 GPS Portland Phoenix 8 2,176 272 274 500 125
37 Real Colorado Foxes *7 1,875 268 200 450 150
38 St. Louis Lions 8 2,088 261 277 423 100
39 Jersey Express 8 1,863 233 205 526 100
40 No. Virginia Royals 8 1,856 232 230 375 68
41 So. Calif. Seahorses 8 1,783 223 200 356 145
42 FtL Schulz Academy *6 1,236 206 231 300 100
43 Seacoast United 8 1,585 198 100 610 100
44 Cincinnati Kings 8 1,508 189 144 501 55
45 Ottawa Fury 8 1,505 188 175 305 100
46 Cen. Jersey Spartans %4 749 187 90 504 65
47 SWV King’s Warriors 8 1,485 186 193 305 95
48 Ogden Outlaws 8 1,452 182 189 253 109
49 Jax Destroyers 8 1,449 181 187 325 70
50 Boston Victory 8 1,365 171 118 546 52
51 VSI Tampa Flames 8 1,342 168 140 365 105
52 River City Rovers 8 1,303 163 136 325 100
53 N. Snd. Seawolves *7 946 135 130 280 50
54 West Virginia Chaos 8 1,072 134 107 310 20
55 Hamilton Rage **6 795 133 110 200 75
56 Nashville Metros 8 1,051 131 118 227 83
57 Chicago Inferno @3 385 128 107 174 104
58 LA Misioneros *7 894 128 120 184 100
59 OC Blue Star 8 970 121 133 157 75
60 Pali Blues **6 686 114 100 192 71
61 Springfield Demize 8 878 110 98 245 40
62 Vancouver Whitecaps 8 862 108 77 203 77
63 Toronto Lynx 8 850 106 100 200 25
64 Washington Crossfire 8 819 102 85 250 50
65 Westchester Flames 8 794 99 95 95 140
66 Bradenton **7 665 95 75 150 50
67 Texas Dutch Lions %4 360 90 90 150 30
68 Brooklyn Knights 8 642 80 86 103 42
69 Fraser Vall.Mariners 8 605 76 75 85 65
70 New Jersey Rangers **6 414 69 66 115 44
71 Chicago Fire **6 410 68 45 200 0
72 Bermuda Hogges 8 473 59 45 108 20
73 Real Maryland !0 0 0 0 0 0
  PDL TOTAL 520 251,154 483 250 8,174 0


* Missing 1 game
**Missing 2 games
# Missing 3 games
% Missing 4 games
@ Missing 5 games
& Missing 6 games
! Missing 8 games

NOTES:

  • It’s based on incomplete information, obviously, but the league average dropped slightly from last year, when it was 542. These are all small sample sizes (and incomplete ones in some cases), so it’s hard to pinpoint the reasons, but the expansion teams collectively averaged just over 400 a game (led by Austin’s 1,395), while more than half the returning teams saw a decrease from 2011, from 6% for the Michigan Bucks to 58% for the El Paso Patriots).
  • Portland was the big success story, growing its average by 88%, helped by a pair of league-record 8k+ crowds. The teams that had bigger percentage increases went from minuscule crowds to (mostly) small crowds.
  • Des Moines led the league (again) for the 10th time in 13 years, and they were second the other three times. Fresno, which has routinely been among the leaders, was again, but dropped by a third (in the five games I have figures for). Fresno’s tickets are all free through a local media sponsorship.
  • Austin’s return to the field (after the original Aztex moved to Orlando) was a success, with a fifth-place standing.
  • A fairly standard eight clubs averaged more than 1,000 a game (last year it was nine), but there were 31 who averaged fewer than 200 and eight who were under 100 (not including Real Maryland, who didn’t announce any figures all year).

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July 21st, 2012 at 9:40 am

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