USL PRO Through The Turnstiles: Week 6
By Josh Brokaw
4/22 Real Salt Lake Reserves Phoenix FC Wolves Rio Tinto Stadium 20,507 8,263 N/A N/A
4/23 Charlotte Eagles Orlando City Queens University Stadium 1,000 486 332 +154
4/26 Charlotte Eagles Pittsburgh Riverhounds Queens University Stadium 1,000 623 486 +137
4/26 VSI Tampa Bay FC Dayton Dutch Lions Plant City Stadium 6,700 553 423 +130
4/26 Los Angeles Blues Wilmington Hammerheads Cal State Fullerton Titan Stadium 10,000 657 207 +450
4/27 Harrisburg City Islanders Rochester Rhinos Skyline Sports Complex 2,200 1,817 N/A N/A
4/27 Charleston Battery Pittsburgh Riverhounds Blackbaud Stadium 5,100 3,262 4,546 -1,284
4/27 Orlando City Dayton Dutch Lions Florida Citrus Bowl 65,438 9,589 9,140 +449
4/28 Phoenix FC Wolves Wilmington Hammerheads Sun Devil Soccer Stadium 3,400 1,427 1,867 -440
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.
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.
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.