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Taking Attendance 6/24/2014: Amateur Hour

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While the world’s greatest players are on the big stage at the FIFA World CupTM, future stars are plying their trade in the Premier Development League. Here’s our first look at attendance numbers for this league, which operates under the United Soccer Leagues umbrella. (All numbers are through last night’s game. Additions and corrections are always welcome.)

Team G Total Avg.
Fresno Fuego 6 13,742 2,290
Carolina Dynamo 6 11,056 1,843
Austin Aztex 3 5,113 1,704
Ventura County Fusion 4 6,035 1,509
Portland Timbers U-23s 3 4,175 1,392
BYU Cougars 4 5,504 1,376
Victoria Highlanders FC 4 5,094 1,274
FC Tucson 5 5,307 1,061
Midland/Odessa Sockers FC 6 5,869 978
Albuquerque Sol F.C. 5 4,098 820
Western Mass Pioneers 4 2,772 693
Mississippi Brilla 4 2,732 683
Long Island Rough Riders 6 4,077 680
Michigan Bucks 4 2,538 635
Forest City London 5 3,116 623
Thunder Bay Chill 6 3,691 615
Laredo Heat 4 2,369 592
Ocala Stampede 3 1,579 526
Sounders FC U23 5 2,353 471
Lane United FC 5 2,317 463
Kitsap Pumas 6 2,756 459
Chicago Inferno 2 749 375
Las Vegas Mobsters 3 1,125 375
Reading United AC 4 1,440 360
SW Florida Adrenaline 1 321 321
Toronto Lynx 3 950 317
F.A. Euro 1 300 300
Vermont Voltage 3 900 300
San Jose Earthquakes 2 585 293
St. Louis Lions 4 1,082 271
Baltimore Bohemians 4 1,068 267
Panama City Beach Pirates 3 758 253
CFC Azul 4 1,000 250
GPS Portland Phoenix 1 250 250
Northern Virginia Royals 3 736 245
Cincinnati Dutch Lions 4 948 237
Real Boston Rams 4 904 226
LA Misioneros FC 3 600 200
Southern California Seahorses 2 400 200
Real Colorado Foxes 3 570 190
WSA Winnipeg 4 710 178
River City Rovers 1 175 175
Southern West Virginia King’s Warriors 3 490 163
Springfield Demize 3 464 155
Seacoast United Phantoms 5 750 150
Jersey Express 4 575 144
West Virginia Chaos 6 830 138
Houston Dutch Lions 3 400 133
Puget Sound Gunners FC 3 400 133
Montreal Impact U23 3 350 117
Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-23 4 436 109
NJ LUSO Parma 5 500 100
Pittsburgh Riverhounds U23 3 300 100
Floridians F.C. 2 197 99
IMG Academy Bradenton 5 490 98
Washington Crossfire 4 320 80
Westchester Flames 5 400 80
Chicago Fire U-23 3 210 70
OC Pateadores Blues 5 245 49
Des Moines Menace 0 0 0
K-W United FC 0 0 0
Ocean City Nor’easters 0 0 0
Orlando City U23 0 0 0
SC United Bantams 0 0 0
PDL TOTAL 223 119,221 535

NOTES:

  • Every team has played at least one home game, but a handful of clubs (including perennial attendance leader or contender Des Moines) have not released any attendance figures for their home games to this point. Some of the missing 39 data points (to date) will eventually turn up, but some never will. It’s the nature of the beast.
  • Fresno (whose tickets are all free to fans through a sponsorship buy) leads the usual suspects at the top of the charts, though they’re down about 500 a game from last year’s final average. Austin, which recently announced a move to USL Pro for 2015, is up slightly from their 2013 average. Victoria and Western Mass are well off last year’s numbers.
  • Eleven clubs averaged more than 1,000 fans per game in 2013, and eight are there right now (with Des Moines probable). But there is still a third or so of the league that can barely get to 200 a game.
  • The Chicago Fire U-23 actually announced an attendance of 16 – sixteen- for their June 16 match against Toronto. The season high to this point is the 3,627 Fresno pulled for a match against San Jose on May 23.
  • As for new clubs, Albuquerque (820 per game) and Lane United (463) lead a struggling lot. Expansion teams in Las Vegas (375) and Cincinnati (237) and developmental teams for San Jose (293), Montreal (117) and Pittsburgh (100) are having varying degrees of success.
  • The current league average (535, with some data points missing) is right in line with the historical average.

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June 24th, 2014 at 11:42 am

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