We saw a slight dip in the 2017 NWSL attendance in Week 16, as several below-average crowds led to a per-game average of only 3,987 fans per game.
Here are the Week 16 numbers:
|Team||Average||Total||Matches||Week 16||Week 16|
|1||Portland Thorns FC||16,875||151,873||9|
|4||North Carolina Courage||4,158||37,420||9|
|5||Seattle Reign FC||3,696||33,261||9|
|7||Chicago Red Stars||3,556||28,444||8||4,934|
|8||Sky Blue FC||2,636||21,088||8|
|10||FC Kansas City||2,053||14,370||7||1,398|
A week with Portland on the road will always see a drop in total and per-fame average: the Thorns are responsible for more than a third of all NWSL attendance. But the numbers can’t look good when four of the six games on the weekly slate end up drawing below the team’s per-game average. Last week’s numbers weren’t the worst of the year for NWSL, but they’re certainly in the bottom third. And we’re still seeing the per-game 2017 NWSL attendance lag behind the 2016 average of 5,558.
This NWSL attendance listing is compiled from official NWSL game reports, posted on the league’s website. We cover only 2017 NWSL attendance in league game matches and not friendlies.
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