Season-high crowds in Portland and North Carolina led to a strong week in 2018 NWSL attendance, as the circuit continued an exceptionally strong run for the season.
Here is the 2018 NWSL attendance through August 19:
|1||Portland Thorns FC||16,438||164,376||10||17,653||-0.07||18,631|
|2||Utah Royals FC||8,555||94,100||11||NA||NA|
|5||Chicago Red Stars||4,507||45,074||10||3,198||0.41|
|7||Seattle Reign FC||3,824||38,237||10||4,037||-0.05||3,341|
|9||Sky Blue FC||2,390||26,288||11||2,613||-0.09||3,468|
The team with the best year-over-year attendance results is North Carolina Courage, and a crowd of 7,606 was the best this season for the team. And, of course, a week with a huge Portland Thorns crowd is always a good one for the NWSL; the Thorns drew in just a little more than half of the attendance for the week. The issue for the NWSL in the future will be spurring growth in existing franchises. Adding Utah Royals this season was a huge bump, but for future growth teams like Seattle and Houston — once big draws — need to improve.
Information from the NWSL website. Image courtesy Orlando Pride.