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WNBA has record low regular-season attendance in 2015

Published on September 16, 2015


The WNBA’s fanbase did not show up in large numbers this year. The league had the lowest average attendance in history according to a report by SportsBusiness Daily with 7,318 fans per game.

Attendance dropped three percent from last season. The league’s best season was 1998 with a record 10,984 fans per game, but this year’s numbers dipped below a previous low of 7,457 attendees per game recorded in 2012.

The report attributed the lower numbers to a decline in attendance by fans in San Antonio who did not migrate to the team’s temporary facilities at Freeman Coliseum during renovations of the AT&T Center next door. In addition, fan attendance in Tulsa dropped 7.2 percent. The team will relocate to Arlington, Texas after this season.

Other statistics from the report:

  • There were 33 sold-out games, an increase from 25 compared to last season
  • Phoenix led the league in attendance with 9,946 attendees per game
  • Los Angeles saw an uptick in attendance compared to last year with a 9 percent increase at 9,065 fans per game
  • Six teams had declining attendance for regular season home games

The playoffs begin tomorrow with Indiana at Chicago, followed by Tulsa at Phoenix. Coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN 2.


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