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Posted by on May 3, 2013 in Arizona United SC, Charleston Battery, Charlotte Eagles, Dayton Dutch Lions FC, Harrisburg City Islanders, Orange County Blues FC, Orlando City, Pittsburgh Riverhounds, Recent, Richmond Kickers, Rochester Rhinos, USL PRO, Wilmington Hammerheads | 0 comments

USL PRO Through The Turnstiles: Week 6

USL PRO Through The Turnstiles: Week 6

By Josh Brokaw

Date
Home Team
Away Team
Venue
Capacity
Attendance
Last Game
(+/-)
4/22Real Salt Lake ReservesPhoenix FC WolvesRio Tinto Stadium20,5078,263N/AN/A
4/23Charlotte EaglesOrlando CityQueens University Stadium1,000486332+154
4/26Charlotte EaglesPittsburgh RiverhoundsQueens University Stadium1,000623486+137
4/26VSI Tampa Bay FCDayton Dutch LionsPlant City Stadium6,700553423+130
4/26Los Angeles BluesWilmington HammerheadsCal State Fullerton Titan Stadium10,000657207+450
4/27Harrisburg City IslandersRochester RhinosSkyline Sports Complex2,2001,817N/AN/A
4/27Charleston BatteryPittsburgh RiverhoundsBlackbaud Stadium5,1003,2624,546-1,284
4/27Orlando CityDayton Dutch LionsFlorida Citrus Bowl65,4389,5899,140+449
4/28Phoenix FC WolvesWilmington HammerheadsSun Devil Soccer Stadium3,4001,4271,867-440

This Weeks Total Attendance: 26,677
This Weeks Per Game Average: 2,964
Last Weeks Per Game Average: 2,890*

The Good:

Not surprising to see that the highest attended game this week was in Orlando.  The game set an all time attendance record for the USL PRO.  This is the second week that Orlando has set the record.  If they can keep up this momentum they are going to start to rival MLS attendances, well Chivas USA’s home attendances at least.


It was awesome to see that the Real Salt Lake Reserves fans showed up in numbers this week.  8,263 of them!  Not bad at all.  These are the kind of numbers the USL PRO/MLS partnership should be striving for.  It’s a hell of alot better than the 300 or so fans that Colorado Reserves were able to muster.


Overall the Attendance had a slight tick up from last week.  While it isn’t substantial, it is a small step in the right direction.  Let’s hope the trend keeps going up as the league gains more and more press from it’s MLS partnership.


The Bad:

While I might bag on the LA Blues a lot for their crummy attendance, I do so because they have both the stadium space and the talent to do better.  Charlotte on the other hand, maybe not.  They have talent but the stadium they are playing at seems to only sit 1,000 and they have only been able to get about half of that on average.


The Charleston Battery saw a pretty hefty attendance drop from their last home game.  While I’m sure it mostly has to do with the inflated home opener it is still sad to see a drop of 1,000.


The Takeaway:  

Overall this was a pretty good week for USL PRO.  Attendance was up and we had more games in the thousands than in the hundreds.  Hopefully we will keep seeing a steady uptick throughout the season.

 

*This total does not include the Dayton Dutch Lions Vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds game due to there being no official attendance for the game recorded.  I can only assume the attendance was so terrible that Dayton Dutch Lions didn’t want to post it.  It should also be noted that I am a very bitter Pittsburgh Riverhounds fan who watched my team get beat by Dayton during said game…

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