Talk about going out with a bang: a crowd of 31,478 was on hand for FC Cincinnati’s season-ending match at Nippert Stadium, with the team setting single-game and season USL attendance records before a 2019 move to MLS.
All in all, 437,197 fans attended FC Cincinnati matches this season, with 25,717 fans per match, both USL attendance records. That’s some 21 percent higher than 2017. That’s about 20 percent of what USL has drawn this season, and we’re not quite sure the season record will ever be broken. Of the current USL teams, only Indy Eleven plays in a venue with the capacity to break these records — Lucas Oil Stadium — and it take some serious attendance hikes in coming years for Indy Eleven to come close.
It may be more likely that the single-game record is broken, however. FC Cincinnati broke its old single-game record set last year (30,417), and any of the USL teams playing occasionally or full-time in pro or college football stadiums (Indy Eleven, Nashville SC) could conceivably break that record.