2014 USL Pro Attendance Update: Week 19

Here is the basic list that will satisfy most fans of American soccer and American soccer numbers. Right here at the top of the post I have listed out each of the clubs in USL Pro in terms of average announced home attendances over the course of the season (through week 19). After each team name in parentheses is the number of home games followed by a colon and the average attendance figure. Go nuts.

1. Sacramento Republic FC (9):     13123
2. Rochester Rhinos (10):     5530
3. Orlando City SC (10):     4713
4. Charleston Battery (9):     3847
5. OKC Energy FC (10):     3738
6. Pittsburgh Riverhounds (10):     2708
7. Richmond Kickers (11):     2536
8. Wilmington Hammerheads FC (9):     2379
9. Arizona United SC (11):     2240
10. Harrisburg City Islanders (10):     1894
11. Charlotte Eagles (10):     793
12. Orange County Blues FC (10):     782
13. LA Galaxy II (10):     687
14. Dayton Dutch Lions (11):     499

The league’s total attendance through week 19 is 440,605

The league wide average attendance (buoyed at the top by Sacramento’s early-season matches at Hughes Stadium) is 3147.18.

The median team average is 2459, the average between Richmond Kickers and Wilmington Hammerheads FC, though this number doesn’t really tell us too much while each team has hosted a different number of games during the season.

The average of team averages above the median is 5171, that is the mean of team averages for teams above the median is 5171.
The per game average of all of the games hosted by the 7 teams above the median is 5036.41

The average of team averages below the median is 1325.
The per game average of the 7 teams below the median is 1311.17.

Again, the league’s total attendance through 19 weeks is 440,605.
Over 140 matches, the league has a per game average of 3147.18.

Without Sacramento Republic FC home matches included, the total league attendance drops by 118,107 to a less impressive 322,498.
With no Sacramento, the league wide per game average falls to 2461.82, a decrease of 685.

The league’s highest attendances are Sacramento’s three sell-outs at Hughes Stadium against Harrisburg City Islanders, LA Galaxy II, and Arizona United SC: 20,231.

The league’s lowest attendance is Dayton’s match against Orlando City on June, 22 which only drew an announced attendance of 275.

Sacramento’s sell-out is nearly 74 times larger (73.57) than Dayton’s lowest draw.


Anything else y’all think is noteworthy?
Any of figures I should keep track of in addition to the ones listed above?


9 thoughts on “2014 USL Pro Attendance Update: Week 19

    • Sacramento has had 8 sell-outs in 9 games this season. The team has taken a dip in average attendance since the beginning of the summer but that’s because they moved into a venue (Bonney Field) that holds less than 40% of the capacity of their initial temporary venue (Hughes Stadium).

      Even so, Sacramento’s lowest attendance of 8000 still beats 130 of the 131 games not hosted by Republic FC. Only Rochester’s recent victory over Orlando City announced a higher attendance than Sacramento’s lowest with a total of 8378.

      Likewise, Sacramento’s lowest gate of 8000 beats every single 2014 home game for the NASL’s Atlanta Silverbacks, Carolina RailHawks, FC Edmonton, Fort Lauderdale Strikers, Minnesota United FC, NY Cosmos, San Antonio Scorpions, and Tampa Bay Rowdies.

      I think soccer’s pretty strong in Sacramento.

      • Capacity of NASl stadiums. ATL 5K, SAS 8K, Railhawks 7K, MNUFC 7K?, Cosmos 5-6K, Rowdies and Strikers- no hard numbers. Love what the Republic are doing. The market demographics and goals are different than what Sacramento has. Three years to MLS? Orlando next year.
        Just a sidenote. Detroit City FC average attendance would rank 6th out of the 15 USL PRO clubs. In a high school stadium. lowest, 2150 for 1st home game, to 3400, last home game. Had to turn away 400-500 at gate. looking for new home.
        Good luck to the Republic in the playoffs. Please beat Orlando.

        • “Capacity of NASl stadiums. ATL 5K, SAS 8K, Railhawks 7K, MNUFC 7K?, Cosmos 5-6K, Rowdies and Strikers- no hard numbers.”

          I don’t follow…
          Are you saying that NASL teams aren’t able to draw 8000 in their current venues? That’d be relevant if they were near sell-outs (only applies to Atlanta in the spring season). Even without selling out, several teams could meet the 8000 mark at their current facilities: Minnesota, Carolina, NY, and Fort Lauderdale.

          And yeah, Sacramento (and any future team) will (and should) try to follow Orlando’s path to MLS.

          Regarding Detroit City FC, we know.

          Thanks for reading and for commenting.

  1. Thanks for compiling the attendance figures! I live around OKC and have enjoyed seeing the Energy have a great initial season… It’ll be interesting to see how they do next year in a new stadium that holds about 7000 and a NASL team coming to town.

    • Glad you enjoy the numbers. OKC has definitely surprised me and Taft Stadium should be better for the team next year.

      I’m not sure what to make of the NASL team right now, I’ve been going back and forth on that issue over the past year.

  2. Any idea what an average financially sustainable attendance would be for a USL team? In other words what is an average minimum attendance that could keep a team profitable?

    • That is a really great question and one that requires a lot of research to provide a decent answer.

      I can say that it’s different for each case. Each team has a different arrangement with its venue (rent, percent of gate, fee from vendors) and different costs for player salaries, coaching salaries, travel and accommodation arrangements.

      There are also some clubs apparently impervious to market forces. 2013’s VSI Tampa Bay Flames FC folded after drawing about two dozen fans but Dayton Dutch Lions is now in its 4th USL Pro season with averages well under 1000 each year.

      Profitability is also a high bench-mark. You might be able to count the lower division teams that make a profit on one hand.

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