2014 Lower Division Attendances

2014 has so far been a pretty exciting summer for us boring folks who pay attention to attendance figures. Indy Eleven is easily leading the NASL but Sacramento Republic FC has stole the headlines. The USL Pro club from California’s capital has already broken that league’s total attendance record (142,107 breaking Orlando’s 2013 mark of 112,748).

Here are all the professional clubs under MLS, in USL Pro and the NASL, listed in terms of average home announced attendances as of Monday, October 20 (NASL clubs are listed with combined averages of the split season format):

1. Sacramento Republic FC [USL Pro]:     11293
2. Indy Eleven [NASL]:     10465
3. San Antonio Scorpions [NASL]:     6754
4. Minnesota United FC [NASL]:     5947 *
5. Rochester Rhinos [USL Pro]:     5329
6. NY Cosmos [NASL]:     4960
7. Orlando City SC [USL Pro]:     4743
8. Carolina RailHawks: [NASL]:     4551
9. Tampa Bay Rowdies [NASL]:     4550
10. Ottawa Fury FC [NASL]:     4517
11. Atlanta Silverbacks [NASL]:     4053
12. OKC Energy FC [USL Pro]:     3784
13. Charleston Battery [USL Pro]:     3770
14. Fort Lauderdale Strikers [NASL]:     3626
15. FC Edmonton [NASL]:     3385
16. Pittsburgh Riverhounds [USL Pro]:     2686
17. Richmond Kickers [USL Pro]:     2679
18. Arizona United SC [USL Pro]:     2395
19. Wilmington Hammerheads [USL Pro]:     2326
20. Harrisburg City Islanders  [USL Pro]:     1949
21. Orange County Blues FC  [USL Pro]:     766
22. Charlotte Eagles  [USL Pro]:     747
23. LA Galaxy II  [USL Pro]:     597
24. Dayton Dutch Lions FC  [USL Pro]:     531

* I’m purposefully excluding the data from a double-header, yell at me if you want.

If you ever find yourself curious, check out the attendances for the 2013 seasons and the 2012 seasons.

 

Holler at me with questions or comments that aren’t just “LOL at x-team”

11 thoughts on “2014 Lower Division Attendances

  1. Pretty impressive from SacFC. What’s the deal with LAGII? How many home games have they played. Would imagine more than 717 people would check them out. Good work as usual Brendan.

    • Los Dos opened the USL Pro campaign with a gates above 1000 but since March the numbers dropped down below 500. Maybe the first two games were padded with giveaways or just the excitement of a shiny new thing in Carson.
      Or maybe the diehards are just getting burned out since the team has already hosted 6 games (twice as many as a lot of teams).

      Also, thanks Stephen.

  2. I’m assuming you’re including preseason friendlies in the Tampa Bay Rowdies’ numbers? Otherwise, their NASL league attendance is somewhere in the 4800 range.

  3. Thanks for pulling this together. Interesting that given Sac Republic FC moved from a 20,000 seat temporary facility (first 3 games), their (average) numbers will continue to go DOWN with each sell out at the new 8,000 seat facility. During a meet and greet with the team, team President Warren Smith spoke to expanding to about 12,000 for next season to meet “greater than anticipated demand.” Looking forward to hosting MLS reps in late September and showing them what Sacramento soccer is all about.

    • That’s definitely an oddity with the numbers for Sacramento.

      I’ve only ever heard good things about Warren Smith from Evan Ream and Josh Beeman so if he wants it, count on it happening. Must be an exciting time for soccer out there in Sacramento, enjoy it.

      P.S. Thanks for reading.

    • RSL announced an attendance of 11,202 for a reserve match against Pittsburgh in July.
      http://www.realsaltlake.com/news/2014/07/reserve-recap-rsl-2-5-pittsburgh-riverhounds

      That was a standalone match (not a doubleheader with an MLS game or international friendly or anything) which shows promise. It’s hard to make a judgment from a single game but that club is smart and could market the USL Pro squad well.

      Keep in mind that LA Galaxy can’t give away enough tickets to their reserve team which is mostly exciting young guys/local HG talent. RSL won’t be in a position where attendance figures can dictate their survival in USL Pro, though.

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