Attendance Project: Div. III

Here are attendance figures for the third division of American professional men’s soccer, which has gone by various names over the years, going back to the start of the “modern era” in 1996.* There are gaps in the data, and when a club is shown with fewer home dates than its peers, it is either because the team folded mid-season or (more likely) there were games for which no attendance figure was available.

USL-PRO 2013 G Total Average
Orlando City 14 112,784 8,056
Rochester Rhinos 14 82,576 5,898
Charleston Battery 14 49,760 3,554
Pittsburgh Riverhounds 14 45,816 3,273
Wilmington Hammerheads 14 44,269 3,162
Richmond Kickers 14 35,381 2,527
Phoenix FC Wolves 14 21,454 1,532
Harrisburg City Islanders 14 20,386 1,456
Charlotte Eagles 14 11,297 807
Dayton Dutch Lions 14 10,540 753
Los Angeles Blues 14 10,049 718
VSI Tampa Bay FC 14 5,295 378
MLS Reserve Teams 10 15,116 1,512
USL PRO TOTAL 178 464,723 2,611
 
USL-PRO 2012 G Total Average
Orlando City 12 79,276 6,606
Rochester Rhinos 12 75,176 6,265
Wilmington Hammerheads 12 51,183 4,265
Charleston Battery 12 47,559 3,963
Richmond Kickers 12 28,550 2,379
Harrisburg City Islanders 12 16,993 1,416
Pittsburgh Riverhounds 12 11,810 984
Antigua Barracuda FC 10 8,831 883
Charlotte Eagles 12 9,348 779
Dayton Dutch Lions 12 8,592 716
Los Angeles Blues 12 8,247 687
USL PRO TOTAL 130 345,565 2,658
 
USL-PRO 2011 G Total Average
Orlando City 12 64,985 5,415
Rochester Rhinos 12 61,672 5,139
Wilmington Hammerheads 12 48,640 4,053
Charleston Battery 12 42,011 3,501
Richmond Kickers 12 23,827 1,986
Harrisburg City Islanders 12 16,875 1,406
Antigua Barracuda FC 12 15,368 1,281
Pittsburgh Riverhounds 12 13,521 1,127
Charlotte Eagles 12 12,268 1,022
FC New York 12 9,824 819
Dayton Dutch Lions 12 7,929 661
Los Angeles Blues 12 5,283 440
River Plate Puerto Rico 3 570 190
Puerto Rico United 2 210 105
Sevilla FC Puerto Rico 1 101 101
USL PRO TOTALS 150 332,084 2,261
 
USL Second Division 2010 G Total Average
Charleston Battery 10 36,412 3,641
Richmond Kickers 10 20,440 2,044
Harrisburg City Islanders 10 16,659 1,666
Pittsburgh Riverhounds 10 9,409 941
Charlotte Eagles 10 9,107 911
Real Maryland Monarchs 7 4,259 608
USL SECOND DIVISION TOTALS 57 96,286 1,689
 
USL Second Division 2009 G Total Average
Richmond Kickers 10 28,737 2,874
Wilmington Hammerheads 10 24,666 2,467
Harrisburg City Islanders 10 18,571 1,857
Western Mass Pioneers 10 18,376 1,838
Charlotte Eagles 10 12,420 1,242
Pittsburgh Riverhounds 10 11,778 1,178
Crystal Palace Baltimore 10 11,717 1,172
Bermuda Hogges 10 7,440 744
Real Maryland Monarchs 10 6,854 685
USL SECOND DIVISION TOTALS 90 140,559 1,562
 
USL Second Division 2008 G Total Average
Wilmington Hammerheads 10 25,770 2,577
Richmond Kickers 10 25,020 2,502
Western Mass Pioneers 10 17,873 1,787
Harrisburg City Islanders 10 16,837 1,684
Cleveland City Stars 10 16,349 1,635
Charlotte Eagles 10 13,904 1,390
Crystal Palace Baltimore 10 12,858 1,286
Pittsburgh Riverhounds 10 12,584 1,258
Real Maryland Monarchs 10 12,477 1,248
Bermuda Hogges 10 5,626 563
USL SECOND DIVISION TOTALS 100 159,298 1,593
 
USL Second Division 2007 G Total Average
Wilmington Hammerheads 10 29,782 2,978
Richmond Kickers 10 24,625 2,463
Western Mass Pioneers 10 20,414 2,041
Harrisburg City Islanders 10 17,243 1,724
Charlotte Eagles 10 15,605 1,561
Cleveland City Stars 10 14,165 1,417
Cincinnati Kings 10 13,844 1,384
New Hampshire Phantoms 10 8,985 899
Bermuda Hogges 10 8,424 842
Crystal Palace Baltimore 10 4,768 477
USL SECOND DIVISION TOTALS 100 157,855 1,579
 
USL Second Division 2006 G Total Average
Wilmington Hammerheads 10 30,716 3,072
Pittsburgh Riverhounds 10 22,318 2,232
Richmond Kickers 10 22,060 2,206
Harrisburg City Islanders 10 17,809 1,781
Long Island Rough Riders 10 17,811 1,781
Charlotte Eagles 10 13,886 1,389
Western Mass Pioneers 10 12,295 1,230
Cincinnati Kings 10 11,540 1,154
New Hampshire Phantoms 10 10,269 1,027
USL SECOND DIVISION TOTALS 90 158,704 1,763
 
USL Second Division 2005 G Total Average
Wilmington Hammerheads 10 33,171 3,317
Pittsburgh Riverhounds 10 22,362 2,236
Long Island Rough Riders 10 19,963 1,996
Western Mass Pioneers 10 17,895 1,790
Harrisburg City Islanders 10 16,036 1,604
Cincinnati Kings 10 13,009 1,301
Charlotte Eagles 10 12,064 1,206
New Hampshire Phantoms 10 5,940 594
Northern Virginia Royals 10 3,587 359
USL SECOND DIVISION TOTALS 90 144,027 1,600
 
Pro Soccer League 2004 G Total Average
Utah Blitzz 10 26,515 2,652
Wilmington Hammerheads 10 22,696 2,270
Long Island Rough Riders 9 18,940 2,104
Harrisburg City Islanders 10 15,097 1,510
Pittsburgh Riverhounds 10 14,746 1,475
Charlotte Eagles 10 12,997 1,300
Western Mass Pioneers 10 12,802 1,280
New Hampshire Phantoms 10 7,677 768
Northern Virginia Royals 9 3,557 395
California Gold 10 3,197 320
San Diego Gauchos 10 2,384 238
Westchester Flames 10 1,853 185
PRO SOCCER LEAGUE TOTALS 118 142,461 1,207
 
Pro Select League 2003 G Total Average
Utah Blitzz 9 38,040 4,227
Wilmington Hammerheads 9 25,463 2,829
Western Mass Pioneers 10 14,964 1,496
Long Island Rough Riders 9 6,652 739
Carolina Dynamo 9 6,584 732
New Hampshire Phantoms 10 6,752 675
Reading Rage 9 5,634 626
California Gold 10 5,765 577
San Diego Gauchos 8 3,348 419
New Jersey Stallions 10 2,704 270
Northern Virginia Royals 9 2,342 260
Westchester Flames 10 1,387 139
New York Freedoms 9 1,212 135
PRO SELECT LEAGUE TOTALS 121 120,847 999
 
D3 Pro League 2002 G Total Average
Wilmington Hammerheads 10 25,542 2,554
Utah Blitzz 10 22,345 2,235
Connecticut Wolves 10 21,514 2,151
Western Mass Pioneers 10 19,916 1,992
Arizona Suaharos 10 12,466 1,247
New Hampshire Phantoms 9 8,864 985
Carolina Dynamo 11 10,005 910
Long Island Rough Riders 10 7,764 776
Reading Rage 10 6,169 617
South Jersey Barons 11 5,139 467
New Jersey Stallions 10 3,810 381
San Diego Gauchos 11 4,166 379
Northern Virginia Royals 10 3,408 341
California Gold 9 3,038 338
Greenville Lions 10 3,238 324
Northern Nevada Aces 10 2,900 290
Westchester Flames 10 2,335 234
New York Freedoms 11 2,237 203
D3 PRO LEAGUE TOTALS 182 164,856 906
 
D3 Pro League 2001 G Total Average
Western Mass Pioneers 10 23,845 2,385
Wilmington Hammerheads 10 23,119 2,312
Chico Rooks 10 19,969 1,997
New Hampshire Phantoms 10 15,407 1,541
Utah Blitzz 10 14,706 1,471
Arizona Sahuaros 10 11,984 1,198
South Jersey Barons 10 10,771 1,077
Carolina Dynamo 10 10,639 1,064
Greenville Lions 10 9,372 937
Reading Rage 10 7,755 776
Rhode Island Stingrays 10 7,306 731
Boston Bulldogs 9 6,436 715
Stanislaus United Cruisers 10 5,560 556
Northern Virginia Royals 7 2,550 364
New Jersey Stallions 10 3,316 332
Northern Nevada Aces 10 2,365 237
Tucson Fireballs 9 1,793 199
D3 PRO LEAGUE TOTALS 165 176,893 1,072
 
D3 Pro League 2000 G Total Average
New Jersey Stallions 10 41,203 4,120
Utah Blitzz 10 29,965 2,997
Western Mass Pioneers 10 23,129 2,313
New Hampshire Phantoms 10 18,450 1,845
Chico Rooks 9 14,516 1,613
Wilmington Hammerheads 9 13,556 1,506
South Jersey Barons 10 13,181 1,318
Charlotte Eagles 10 12,317 1,232
Houston Hurricanes 10 11,581 1,158
Riverside County Elite 10 9,908 991
Arizona Sahuaros 10 8,679 868
Stanislaus United Cruisers 10 8,499 850
Carolina Dynamo 10 8,393 839
Reading Rage 10 7,514 751
Rhode Island Stingrays 10 6,237 624
Tucson Fireballs 10 5,617 562
Cape Cod Crusaders 9 4,982 554
Austin Lone Stars 10 4,470 447
Northern Virginia Royals 7 2,973 425
Delaware Wizards 10 3,818 382
Roanoke Wrath 9 3,355 373
Texas Rattlers 8 2,525 316
D3 PRO LEAGUE TOTALS 211 254,868 1,208
 
D3 Pro League 1999 G Total Average
Western Mass Pioneers 11 26,730 2,430
Arizona Sahuaros 11 17,062 1,551
Chico Rooks 11 17,023 1,548
Stanislaus County Cruisers 11 14,934 1,358
Charlotte Eagles 11 14,692 1,336
Wilmington Hammerheads 11 13,286 1,208
South Jersey Barons 11 12,736 1,158
New Hampshire Phantoms 11 12,718 1,156
California Jaguars 11 10,750 977
Carolina Dynamo 11 10,140 922
Houston Hurricanes 9 7,513 835
South Carolina Shamrocks 11 9,179 834
Reading Rage 11 8,787 799
Austin Lone Stars 11 8,468 770
New Jersey Stallions 11 8,075 734
Rhode Island Stingrays 11 8,030 730
Roanoke Wrath 11 6,148 559
Cape Cod Crusaders 11 5,623 511
Delaware Wizards 11 4,871 443
North Jersey Imperials 11 3,415 310
Tulsa Roughnecks 11 3,095 281
Texas Toros 11 3,049 277
Northern Virginia Royals 11 3,033 276
Myrtle Beach Seadawgs 11 2,932 267
Eastern Shore Sharks 11 2,380 216
Los Angeles Fireballs 11 928 84
D3 PRO LEAGUE TOTALS 284 235,597 830
 
D3 Pro League 1998 G Total Average
Arizona Sahuaros 12 26,015 2,168
Western Mass Pioneers 11 22,046 2,004
Indiana Blast 12 20,732 1,728
Austin Lone Stars 10 16,297 1,630
Chico Rooks 11 17,760 1,615
Stanislaus County Cruisers 11 17,446 1,586
New Hampshire Phantoms 12 14,831 1,236
Rhode Island Stingrays 11 13,347 1,213
South Carolina Shamrocks 11 12,610 1,146
Tulsa Roughnecks 8 9,167 1,146
South Jersey Barons 11 12,185 1,108
Charlotte Eagles 11 11,189 1,017
New Jersey Stallions 11 10,452 950
Houston Hurricanes 10 9,142 914
Reading Rage 10 8,163 816
Rockford Raptors 11 8,637 785
Wilmington Hammerheads 11 8,555 778
Delaware Wizards 11 8,294 754
Myrtle Beach Seadawgs 12 8,048 671
New York Capital District Alleycats 10 5,936 594
Roanoke Wrath 11 5,367 488
Cape Cod Crusaders 11 4,764 433
Central Jersey Riptide 10 4,229 423
Northern Virginia Royals 8 2,768 346
Vermont Voltage 10 3,386 339
Eastern Shore Sharks 11 2,903 264
Texas Toros 10 2,203 220
Orlando Nighthawks 10 1,696 170
Miami Breakers 10 1,162 116
Los Angeles Fireballs 9 531 59
Chicago Stingers
Cleveland Caps
Pensacola Barracudas
Reno Rattlers
San Antonio Pumas
San Fernando Valley Golden Eagles
Shreveport/Bossier Lions
Southwest Florida Manatees
Tallahassee Tempest
D3 PRO LEAGUE TOTALS 317 289,861 914
 
D3 Pro League 1997 G Total Average
Cleveland Caps 13 29,078 2,237
Chico Rooks 12 23,105 1,925
Chicago Stingers 14 22,727 1,623
Rhode Island Stingrays 13 18,880 1,452
Stanislaus County Cruisers 11 15,819 1,438
New Hampshire Phantoms 14 19,867 1,419
Reading Rage 13 17,567 1,351
Houston Hurricanes 13 17,085 1,314
South Carolina Shamrocks 12 15,300 1,275
Austin Lone Stars 13 16,450 1,265
Tulsa Roughnecks 9 10,635 1,182
Indiana Blast 14 16,385 1,170
Wilmington Hammerheads 12 13,747 1,146
Myrtle Beach Seadawgs 10 11,030 1,103
South Jersey Barons 10 10,644 1,064
Charlotte Eagles 12 12,289 1,024
Albuquerque Geckos 10 10,102 1,010
Sacramento Scorpions 9 8,415 935
New Jersey Stallions 11 10,038 913
Rockford Raptors 9 7,658 851
Cape Cod Crusaders 12 9,399 783
Delaware Wizards 10 7,500 750
Philadelphia Freedom 12 8,711 726
North Jersey Imperials 12 8,325 694
New York Capital District Alleycats 11 7,426 675
Mobile Revelers 9 5,671 630
Reno Rattlers 10 5,696 570
Arizona Sahuaros 9 4,218 469
Hawaii Tsunami 8 3,370 421
Vermont Wanderers 7 2,847 407
San Francisco Bay Seals 11 4,032 367
San Antonio Pumas 9 2,906 323
Valley Golden Eagles 8 2,350 294
Baltimore Bays 7 2,020 289
Central Jersey Riptide 10 2,775 278
Dallas Toros 10 2,180 218
Daytona Tigers 11 1,569 143
Los Angeles Fireballs 9 747 83
Florida Strikers 11 810 74
D3 PRO LEAGUE TOTALS 420 389,373 927
 
USISL Select 1996 G Total Average
Minnesota Thunder 16 65,708 4,107
El Paso Patriots 12 47,055 3,921
New Mexico Chiles 12 40,995 3,416
Milwaukee Rampage 13 39,685 3,053
Long Island Rough Riders 12 36,270 3,023
Tampa Bay Cyclones 12 24,062 2,005
Hampton Roads Mariners 18 32,551 1,808
Delaware Wizards 12 21,587 1,799
Connecticut Wolves 15 24,458 1,631
Richmond Kickers 19 30,878 1,625
Carolina Dynamo 13 20,170 1,552
New Orleans Riverboat Gamblers 14 20,871 1,491
Sacramento Scorpions 14 20,513 1,465
Raleigh Flyers 14 18,813 1,344
Ohio Xoggz 12 14,988 1,249
Cape Cod Crusaders 11 11,799 1,073
South Carolina Shamrocks 14 12,017 858
Chicago Stingers 12 8,200 683
California Jaguars 15 8,058 537
Reno Rattlers 12 4,691 391
New York/New Jersey Stallions 13 5,045 388
USISL SELECT LEAGUE TOTALS 285 508,414 1,784
 
USISL Pro League 1996 G Total Average
Reading Rage 13 19,706 1,516
Cascade Surge 10 15,134 1,513
Charleston Battery 17 24,945 1,467
Chico Rooks 12 16,596 1,383
Wilmington Hammerheads 15 19,650 1,310
Mobile Revelers 11 13,082 1,189
Tulsa Roughnecks 11 10,661 969
Charlotte Eagles 11 10,595 963
Hawaii Tsumani 12 11,386 949
New Hampshire Phantoms 10 8,667 867
Rockford Raptors 11 9,023 820
Rhode Island Stingrays 10 7,000 700
Central Jersey Riptide 14 9,451 675
Dallas/Ft. Worth Toros 12 7,509 626
Everett Bigfoot 11 6,530 594
Houston Hurricanes 11 6,325 575
Worcester Wildfire 10 5,577 558
Baltimore Bays 10 5,193 519
Albany Alleycats 10 4,769 477
San Fernando Valley Golden Eagles 12 5,567 464
Philadelphia Freedom 10 4,628 463
San Antonio Pumas 12 5,081 423
Yakima Reds 13 5,400 415
North Jersey Imperials 13 5,343 411
Central Valley Hydra 10 3,669 367
Washington Mustangs 10 3,280 328
Chattanooga Express 11 1,657 151
USISL PRO LEAGUE TOTALS 312 246,424 790

*I have the top ten average attendance figures from 1994 and 1995 (thanks to ERic Vormelker), but they’re not complete and appear to be estimates in some cases. Most franchises and the league did not keep detailed attendance statistics prior to 1996, so make of these what you will:

USISL 1995 G Total Average
El Paso Patriots     4,450
New Mexico Chiles     3,854
Long Island Rough Riders     3,823
Minnesota Thunder     3,564
Richmond Kickers     3,496
Milwaukee Rampage     2,783
New Hampshire Ramblers     2,768
Delaware Wizards     2,278
Greensboro Dynamo     2,263
Columbus Xoggz     2,195
 
USISL 1994 G Total Average
El Paso Patriots     3,800
Long Island Rough Riders     3,600
Columbus Xoggz     3,400
Hampton Roads Hurricanes     2,900
Minnesota Thunder     2,250
Delaware Wizards     2,200
New Mexico Chiles     2,100
Tulsa Roughnecks     1,800
Richmond Kickers     1,600
Raleigh Flyers     1,400

Also, thanks to the efforts of Martin, the pre-1994 years are starting to come into focus. Here are the attendance figures for the ASL side of the APSL in 1990 (we are still searching for the WSL side):

APSL 1990 G Total Average
Tampa Bay Rowdies 10 36,513 3,651
Fort Lauderdale Strikers 10 28,288 2,829
Penn-Jersey Spirit 10 26,141 2,614
Washington Diplomats 10 23,444 2,344
Boston Bolts 10 18,647 1,865
Washington Stars 10 17,742 1,774
Albany Capitals 10 15,168 1,517
Orlando Lions 10 12,921 1,292
Maryland Bays 10 12,903 1,290
Miami Freedom 10 10,451 1,045
New Jersey Eagles 9 8,114 902
APSL TOTAL 109 210,332 1,930