The National Women’s Soccer League enjoyed a significant attendance boost in the first weekend after the Women’s World Cup in France.
It was all the more impressive considering that members of the victorious United States women’s national team do not return to action until next weekend.
Sky Blue’s home game against Utah Royals at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, NJ, on Friday evening drew a crowd of 1,842, compared to the season average of 1,432.
On Saturday, North Carolina Courage’s game against Reign FC at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina, drew 6,216 fans (compared to the 4,907 average). Houston Dash’s match against Chicago Red Stars at BBVA Stadium attracted 5,327 fans (the average was 3,714).
Sunday’s game between the Portland Thorns and Orlando Pride – which was televised on ESPNews as part of a new broadcast deal with ESPN – drew 18,909 fans (up from an 18,053 average).