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Taking Attendance 9/13/2013: Final USL Pro Numbers

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Thanks to the assistance of front office folks in several cities and other intrepid attendance wonks, I can present to you the final(ish) attendance numbers for USL Pro teams for 2013. Standard caveats apply, but I will list them again: These are announced numbers, I don’t know how much of a relationship they bear to reality but they’re probably no worse than any of the numbers from years past in most cases, I’m not going to do stadium capacity percentages because the true capacities are neither consistently available nor agreed upon (and some teams use more than one stadium), I don’t have NPSL numbers because they’re rarely reported and I do not keep NCAA attendance numbers because these are not lists of college teams’ attendance figures (except for BYU in the PDL, which doesn’t play in the traditional NCAA soccer season anyway).

With all that in mind, please to enjoy:

Team G Total Avg. Median High Low
Orlando 14 112,784 8,056 7,930 10,697 5,985
Rochester 14 82,576 5,898 5,919 7,334 4,361
Charleston 14 49,760 3,554 3,393 5,111 2,057
Pittsburgh 14 45,816 3,273 3,328 4,000 1,664
Wilmington 14 44,269 3,162 3,056 5,017 1,769
Richmond 14 35,381 2,527 2,203 4,921 1,694
Phoenix 14 21,454 1,532 1,440 4,198 327
Harrisburg 14 20,386 1,456 1,521 2,170 730
Charlotte 14 11,297 807 718 1,336 332
Dayton 14 10,540 753 690 1,621 250
Los Angeles 14 10,049 718 542 3,000 176
Tampa Bay 14 5,295 378 295 1,032 139
MLS Reserves 10 15,116 1,512 613 8,263 100
USL PRO TOTAL 178 464,723 2,611 1,898 10,697 100

NOTES:

  • So now the only games I am missing are a few hosted by MLS Reserve Teams in the first year of the partnership. Without the MLS teams’ home games, USL Pro averaged 2,676 per game, right around what last year’s average was (2,658). Pittsburgh (up 233% thanks to Highmark Stadium) and Orlando (up 22%) were gainers, while Wilmington (down 26%), Charleston (down 10%) and Rochester (down 6%) didn’t reach last year’s averages. The rest of the teams had modest gains.
  • The expansion teams (Phoenix and Tampa Bay) didn’t help things, averaging 1,532 and 378, respectively. Phoenix fell off the face of the Earth faster than I’ve ever seen a club that got off to a good start. From selling out its opener to playing at a youth field with no actual seating to having its former president pushed out and sue the other owners, all in about 150 days, well, you don’t see that every year.
  • If you’re curious, without Orlando (which it appears USL Pro may be by 2015), the league averaged 2,187 a game. Which is still miles ahead of where D3 used to be.
  • Orlando’s 20,886 crowd for the final was (obviously) the biggest crowd in D3 history, but the regular season record of 11,255 for a Milwaukee-Minnesota match in 1995 still stands.

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September 15th, 2013 at 6:23 pm