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2018 USL Attendance

Orange County SC

A rebound week in 2018 USL attendance, as another big number was posted by FC Cincinnati, and a strong season debut from Ottawa Fury and the usual Sacramento Republic FC sellout highlighted the action.

Here is the full listing of 2018 USL attendance through Week Six:

Team Av Tot Gms 2017 Av YOY Week 6
1 FC Cincinnati 25,086 50,172 2 21,199 0.18 24,505
2 Nashville SC 14,205 28,409 2 NA NA
3 Indy Eleven* 13,862 27,723 2 8,954 0.55
4 Sacramento Republic FC 11,569 34,707 3 11,569 0 11,569
5 Las Vegas Lights FC 8,358 25,074 3 NA NA
6 San Antonio FC 6,883 20,648 3 7,152 -0.04
7 Louisville City FC 6,779 20,338 3 8,613 -0.21
8 Phoenix Rising FC 6,553 19,659 3 6,127 0.07 6,300
9 Tampa Bay Rowdies 6,151 18,454 3 5,894 0.04 6,027
10 Ottawa Fury FC 6,137 6,137 1 5,427 0.13 6,137
11 Rio Grande Valley FC 5,907 11,813 2 7,067 -0.16
12 Fresno FC 5,518 27,588 5 NA NA 8,568
13 Atlanta United 2 4,204 12,611 3 NA NA 4,135
14 OKC Energy FC 4,013 16,051 4 4,293 -0.07 2,679
15 Richmond Kickers 3,950 11,849 3 4,665 -0.15
16 Saint Louis FC 3,908 11,723 3 4,571 -0.15
17 Reno 1868 FC 3,803 11,409 3 5,559 -0.32
18 North Carolina FC* 3,683 7,366 2 4,489 -0.18
19 Charleston Battery 3,595 7,190 2 3,167 0.14
20 Tulsa Roughnecks 3,564 10,693 3 3,851 -0.07
21 Seattle Sounders FC 2 3,455 13,821 4 1,097 2.15
22 Orange County SC 2,806 8,419 3 2,527 0.11
23 Col Springs Switchbacks FC 2,695 10,780 4 3,389 -0.20 2,534
24 Real Monarchs SLC 2,514 2,514 1 2,577 -0.02
25 Bethlehem Steel FC 2,137 8,547 4 3,052 -0.30
26 Portland Timbers 2 1,791 3,582 2 2,524 -0.29 3,582
27 Penn FC 1,712 1,712 1 2,429 -0.30 1,712
28 Pittsburgh Riverhounds 1,556 4,669 3 2,639 -0.41
29 Charlotte Independence 1,526 6,103 4 1,615 -0.06
30 LA Galaxy II 1,163 3,490 3 1,215 -0.04 1,131
31 Swope Park Rangers 936 1,871 2 1,015 -0.08
32 New York Red Bulls II 815 2,446 3 632 0.29
33 Toronto FC II 50 50 1 1,089 -0.95 50
TOTALS 4,974 447,618 90 4,301  0.16  
  WEEKLY AV           5,026
*Played 2017 in NASL            
 

FC Cincinnati continues to be the big story in 2018 USL attendance, as the team continues to exceed expectations with another strong crowd at Nippert Stadium. Now, don’t be seduced with a comparison of FC Cincinnati vs. MLS attendance, as you are really comparing apples and oranges when it comes to ticket prices and per caps. Nothing wrong with either model, but there’s a reason why FC Cincinnati is pursuing a new stadium with plenty of the upscale spaces and higher-priced ticket areas MLS requires. Still, in terms of raw numbers, the 2018 MLS season so far has been a success: the 4,974 average already surpasses 2017’s 4,301 season average. (The Portland Timbers 2 and Fresno FC totals represent two matches.

These reports are compiled from team postings on the league website. Photo courtesy USL and Orange County SC.

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