All league home matches are accounted for in this year-end summary save one: a Week Five Houston/North Carolina game was eventually recorded as an abandoned match because of weather conditions, and no attendance number was reported.
In good news for the league’s 2024 planning, all 12 matches on the final two weeks of the regular season saw big crowds across the board: all 12 teams drew numbers exceeding their season average. Only one team saw attendance go down, with the Chicago Red Stars off some 17 percent. However, with new ownership in place in the Windy City, we’d expect a turnaround in 2024.
This season saw a little more stability for the league on the facilities front. Washington Spirit played its entire home schedule at Audi Field–no more heading to the suburbs and Loudoun County for matches–while NJ/NY Gotham FC played all home games at Red Bull Arena.
Overall, 2023 NWSL attendance is up 32 percent over 2022.
These 2023 NWSL attendance numbers for the regular season are current as of Oct. 16, 2023, and drawn from the NWSL website as well as independent media reports.
|1||SD Wave FC||20,718||227,893||11||8,729||1.37||30,312|
|2||Angel City FC||19,756||217,313||11||19,105||0.03||22,000|
|3||Portland Thorns FC||18,918||208,094||11||15,543||0.22|
|7||NJ/NY Gotham FC||6,293||69,224||11||4,415||0.43||9,005|
|9||Racing Louisville FC||5,999||65,989||11||6,048||-0.01|
|12||Chicago Red Stars||4,848||53,332||11||5,863||-0.17||8,004|