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The Anorak: Analyzing Week 21 Attendance

Team Weekend Attendance Percentage Difference Between 2009 Average Percentage Difference Between 2009 Median Percentage Difference Between Last Home Game Overall 2010 Median
Chicago 4,067 -21% -15% +47% 3,955
Atlanta 4,752 N/A N/A +52% 3,242
FCGP 2,447 -50% -26% -36% 3,002

 

Despite having nothing to play for, both Chicago and Atlanta played their 2010 home finales before solid crowds. The figures were a marked improvement from the previous week’s attendance totals. The 4,752 that turned up to see the Beat draw against SBFC was the best home total since the opening of Kennesaw State University Stadium.

FCGP, meanwhile, had its second lowest total of the 2010 season. The three week lay-off between home games probably didn’t help. Or the fact that FCGP were just playing for kicks. But still, it’s quite disappointing to see a team of this quality with such little support.

 

Average Weekend Attendance: 3,755

Average League Median: 3,527

Average League Attendance: 3,569

 

Boston: 4,490 (12)

Chicago: 4,030 (12)

Atlanta: 4,019 (11)

Washington: 3,784 (11)

SBFC: 3,270 (10)

Saint Louis Athletica: 3,027 (4)

FCGP: 2,969 (11)

Philadelphia: 2,965 (12)

The Anorak: Analyzing Week 20 WPS Attendance

Team Weekend Attendance Percentage Difference Between 2009 Average Percentage Difference Between 2009 Median Percentage Difference Between Last Home Game Overall 2010 Median
Atlanta 4,289 N/A N/A +19% 3,339
Washington 3,143 -82% -47% +20% 3,744
Philly 4,101 N/A N/A +36% 2,600

 

It was a big weekend for the expansion teams, as both Atlanta and Philadelphia had their best attendance numbers since their respective opening days. It was also the first time that both teams broke the ‘4,000’ threshold. Shame neither team could get a win.

Washington, on the other hand, had its fourth-lowest attendance figure of the season.

 

Average weekend attendance: 3,844

Average league median: 3,519

Average league attendance: 3,611

 

Boston: 4,490 (12)

Chicago: 4,212 (10)

Atlanta: 4,132 (9)

Washington: 3,784 (11)

SBFC: 3,254 (9)

Saint Louis Athletica: 3,027 (4)

FCGP: 3,021 (10)

Philadelphia: 2,965 (12)

The Anorak: Analyzing Week 19 Attendance

Midweek Attendance

Team Week Attendance Percentage Difference Between 2009 Average Percentage Difference Between 2009 Median Percentage Difference Between Last Home Game Overall 2010 Median
Wash 2,511 -56% -45% +16% 3,753

 

Weekend Attendance 

Team Weekend Attendance Percentage Difference Between 2009 Average Percentage Difference Between 2009 Median Percentage Difference Between Last Home Game Overall 2010 Median
Boston* 4,071 -12% -2% -33% 4,560
SBFC 2,572 -30% -24% +3% 3,362
CRS 6,089 +19% +23% +48% 3,955

 

While Washington saw a 16%  increase from its previous home game, excitement should be tempered. The gate on Thursday night was the team’s second lowest this season.

Boston may have seen a 33% decrease from its last home game but that was the record 6,108 figure that came out for the Breakers’ last home game at Harvard Stadium.

Sky Blue FC had its second lowest attendance figure of the 2010 season but the two-hour rain delay surely didn’t help matters. And the number is actually a 3% increase from Sky Blue’s last home game.

Meanwhile, the Chicago Red Stars its highest attendance figure of the season on Sunday. 6,089 is also the highest total the Red Stars have attracted since opening back in 2009 when 7,959 people made it out to Toyota Park. The Red Stars’ remaining two fixtures will be played at home.

 

Average Week 19 Attendance: 3,811

Average 2010 Median: 3,551

Average 2010 Attendance: 3,604

 

Boston: 4,490 (12)

Chicago: 4,212 (10)

Atlanta: 4,112 (8)

Washington: 3,848  (10)

SBFC: 3,254 (9)

Saint Louis Athletica: 3,027 (4)

FCGP: 3,021 (10)

Philadelphia: 2,870 (11)

The Anorak: Analyzing Week 18 Attendance

Team Week Attendance Percentage Difference Between 2009 Average Percentage Difference Between 2009 Median Percentage Difference Between Last Home Game Overall 2010 Median
SBFC 2,491 -47% -34% -42% 3,390
Chicago 3,152 -56% -48% -17% 3,845
           
Team Weekend Attendance Percentage Difference Between 2009 Average Percentage Difference Between 2009 Median Percentage Difference Between Last Home Game Overall 2010 Median
FCGP 3,328 -10% +7% +26% 3,078
Boston 6,108 +24% +32% +47% 4,651
Philly 2,559 N/A N/A -21% 2,585

 

Attendance figures took their proverbial midweek beating but (mostly)picked up over the weekend. On Wednesday night SBFC had its lowest attendance figure of the season while Chicago had its second worst.

Fortunately the story was different on the weekend. The 6,028 people that attended Boston’s final home game at Harvard Stadium this season were complicit in giving the Breakers its highest total of the season, WPS its second highest gate receipt of 2010 after Atlanta’s opening game and Boston’s third-highest attendance figure ever.

FCGP also saw a big 26% increase from its last home match. This is the first time the team has grossed more than 3,000 people at Pioneer Stadium.

Things weren’t so cheery in Philadelphia, however, as attendance figures dropped 21% from its last home match. It was the team’s fourth lowest attendance of the season. The team now has the worst attendance in the league by a disparity of nearly 2,000 attendees.

Word is attendance figures will rise over the last few weeks of the season, much as they did last year. Here’s hoping that’s the case.

 

Average Week 18 Attendance: 3,528

Average 2010 Median: 3,668

Average 2010 Attendance: 3,613

 

Boston: 4,528 (11)

Atlanta: 4,119 (8)

Chicago: 4,003 (9)

Washington: 3,997 (9)

SBFC: 3,339 (8)

Saint Louis Athletica: 3,027 (4)

FCGP: 3,021 (10)

Philadelphia: 2,870 (11)

The Anorak: Analyzing WPS Week 17 Attendance

Team Week Attendance Percentage Difference Between 2009 Average Percentage Difference Between 2009 Median Percentage Difference Between Last Home Game Overall 2010 Median
Washington 2,118 -63% -54% -56% 3,762
Boston 3,251 -30% -22% -27% 4,560
           

 

WPS Week 17 Weekend Matches 

Team Weekend Attendance Percentage Difference Between 2009 Average Percentage Difference Between 2009 Median Percentage Difference Between Last Home Game Overall 2010 Median
Atlanta 3,489 N/A N/A +7% 3,291
FCGP 2,470 -33% -20% -4% 3,002
Philly 3,091 N/A N/A +34% 2,601

 

Attendances really suffered in WPS Week 17 midweek matches. The Washington Freedom posted its lowest attendance ever but one has to wonder if the count was taken before or after the game’s extended rain delay. The Boston Breakers also had their second-lowest gate of the season midweek.

Thing improved slightly on the weekend, however. Atlanta experienced a 7% increase from its previous home game. But the praise belongs to the Philadelphia Independence as they recorded their highest attendance figure of the season since 6,028 people came out for the team’s home opener. Word is that the Philadelphia Union’s Sons of Ben made it up to West Chester to cheer on PHIINDY.

But in bleaker news, FC Gold Pride’s attendances continue to suffer at Pioneer Stadium. Since relocating, they’ve never been able to gross more than 2,600 fans to the stadium. Prior to relocation, the team has never attracted less than 3,000 fans.

 

Average Leage Attendance: 3,608

Average Median Attendance: 3,729

 

Average Team Attendance:

Boston: 4,370 (10)

Atlanta: 4,112 (8)

Chicago: 4,109 (8)

Washington: 3,997 (9)

SBFC: 3,461 (7)

Saint Louis Athletica: 3,027 (4)

FCGP: 2,987 (9)

Philly: 2,802 (10)

The Anorak: Analyzing Week 16 Attendance

Team Weekend Attendance Percentage Difference Between 2009 Average Percentage Difference Between 2009 Median Percentage Difference Between Last Home Game Overall 2010 Median
Boston 4,468 -0.4% -0.6% +31% 4,651
Atlanta 3,242 N/A N/A -0.2% 3,228
SBFC 3,539 -0.3% -0.4% +20% 3,418

  

Well done to Sky Blue FC for having a huge 20% increase from its last home game. That figure was also the highest since Sky Blue’s first two home games. But the gold star of the weekend goes to the Boston Breakers who posted a huge 31% increase from its previous home game. Winning helps, doesn’t it. 

  

Average weekend attendance: 3,749 

WPS attendance average up to this point: 3,629 

WPS median up to this point: 3,573 

  

Boston: 4,494 (9) 

Washington: 4,323 (8) 

Chicago: 4,109 (8) 

Atlanta: 3,685 (8) 

SBFC: 3,461 (7) 

FCGP: 3,052 (8) 

Saint Louis Athletica: 3,027 (4) 

Philadelphia: 2,882 (9)

The Anorak: WPS Week 16 Attendance

 

Team Weekend Attendance Percentage Difference Between 2009 Average Percentage Difference Between 2009 Median Percentage Difference Between Last Home Game Overall 2010 Median
Boston 4,468 -0.4% -0.6% +31% 4,651
Atlanta 3,242  N/A N/A  -0.2%  3,228
SBFC 3,539 -0.3% -0.4% +20% 3,418

 

Well done to Sky Blue FC for having a huge 20% increase from its last home game. That figure was also the biggest since Sky Blue’s first two home games. But the gold star of the weekend goes to the Boston Breakers who posted a huge 31% increase from its previous home game. Winning helps matters, doesn’t it.

 

Average weekend attendance: 3,749

WPS attendance up to this point: 3,715

WPS median up to this point: 3,685 (Saint Louis Athletica attendance not included)

 

Boston: 4,494 (9)

Washington: 4,323 (8)

Chicago: 4,109 (8)

Atlanta: 3,685 (8)

SBFC: 3,461 (7)

FCGP: 3,052 (8)

Philadelphia: 2,882 (9)

The Anorak: Analyzing Week 13 Attendance

WPS Week 13 Midweek

Team Weekend Attendance Percentage Difference Between 2009 Average Percentage Difference Between 2009 Median Percentage Difference Between Last Home Game Overall 2010 Attendance
Chicago 3,091  -37%  -33% -26%  4,189 (6)
SBFC 2,871 -21% -14%  -15%  3,577 (5)

 

 WPS Week 13 Weekend

Team Weekend Attendance Percentage Difference Between 2009 Average Percentage Difference Between 2009 Median Percentage Difference Between Last Home Game Overall 2010 Attendance
Chicago 4,064 -17% -13% +23% 4,326 (7)
Boston  4,194 -10% -.0002%  +13%  4,712 (6)
FCGP 2,431 -33% -21% -.001% 3,121 (7)

 

Total Week 13 Attendance: 3,985 (25% increase from Week 12)

 

Average League Attendance So Far: 3,891

Median Average So Far: 3,938

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The Anorak: Analyzing Week 12 Attendance

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Team Weekend Attendance Percentage Difference Between 2009 Average Percentage Difference Between 2009 Median Percentage Difference Between Last Home Game Overall 2010 Attendance
Atlanta 3,111 N/A N/A +15% 5,150(5)
Philly 2,093 N/A N/A  -15%  3,230(6)
Wash. 3,744 -34% -20% +13% 4,254(7)

Weekend Attendance Average: 2,982

 

Right, so that’s why it took so long for Philadelphia to report its attendance from the weekend. Perhaps WPS games shouldn’t be scheduled on July 4th? It was apparently hot as hell in Philly too. The Independence’s number is the second lowest attendace figure recorded in league history. Philadelphia has a real issue on its hand as its figures haven’t broken 3,000 since opening day. 

As painful as it is to address, startingly low attendence figures is a league-wide issue this season. Encouragingly, attendances in Washington and Atlanta saw an increase from their previous home games but neither could break the 4,000 mark. Moreover, the total weekend attendance average hasn’t passed the 4,ooo threshold in about six weeks. Not good.

 

Average team attendances after the jump:

 

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The Anorak: Analyzing Week 10 Attendance

It seems like this is the default first sentence for these posts but Week 10 was the second-leastt attended week of the 2010 season with an average of 3,513 turning up to each match.

This is now the fourth straight week WPS attendance averages haven’t exceeded the 4,000 threshold. To put that into context, prior to Week 6, WPS average attendances had surpassed the 4,000 mark every week save for one. This is also just the second week of the season where in which there was not a single team that averaged more than 4,000 fans during the weekend.

FCGP experienced a slight 4% bump from their last home game at Castro Valley. They also managed to occupy 71% of the stadium in Hayward. Atlanta saw a hopeful 13% increase from the steep decline of their second home game. With their first win of the season, perhaps now more fans can get behind a winning team.

It seems as if attendances are on the decline. Perhaps the summer can correct that?

 

All the numbers here:

 

Average team attendances after the jump

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