The rebooted XFL maintained momentum over its attendances in its second weekend, with the Seattle Dragons drawing almost 30,000 fans and the other three games gaining creditable crowds.
Overall, the total attendance grew from 69,818 to 76,285, which represents a rise of 9.5 per cent.
As was widely expected, the Dragons gained the highest attendance of the weekend – and the XFL season thus far – with a crowd of 29,172 for their inaugural home game at CenturyLink Field.
XFL commissioner Oliver Luck was extremely impressed. “I’m in awe of Seattle sports fans,’’ Luck told the Seattle Times. “It’s somehow in the DNA to create the best home-field advantage possible. And they do it. And they’re dead serious about it.
“Take a step back. This was the first time this team ever appeared in Seattle in a game. And 30,000 people were screaming their lungs out, like they do for the Seahawks or Sounders or UW [University of Washington]. I think it’s remarkable.”
In their first home game, the Los Angeles Wildcats attracted a crowd of 14,979 at Dignity Health Sports Park, which represents the lowest attendance thus far in the start-up league’s nascent season.
The DC Defenders, meanwhile, suffered a 12-per-cent attendance dip, with the crowd at Audi Field declining from 17,163 in week one to 15,031.
In their second consecutive home game, the Houston Roughnecks gained a crowd of 17,103, which was slightly down from their opening attendance of 17,815.
The St. Louis BattleHawks and Tampa Bay Vipers have yet to play home games.