2023 WNBA attendance report (July 17 update)

Follow along here at Beyond Women’s Sports for the weekly attendance updates in the WNBA. New updates will be published every Monday. The numbers reported below are up to and including games through July 16.

WNBA Attendance: Week in review

This report spanned from July 5 through July 12 due to the All-star Game weekend in Las Vegas from July 14 – 16. During that time, there were 22 games in total played over the eight-day span. The league saw a fair amount of camp day games which tend to draw larger crowds. The largest crowd for this timespan was Phoenix’s game on July 12 which drew 13,531. The smallest crowd during this stretch was Atlanta’s game on July 12 which drew only 2,546.

Overall, league-wide attendance is up 18.2 percent, while eight teams still remain up from their 2022 final average. The Connecticut Sun are currently down by one from their 2022 final average. The largest increase by one team is currently the Las Vegas Aces (+3,447). The largest decrease by one team currently from 2022 is the Seattle Storm (-1,798).

Below is the graphic comparing the 2022 season’s final averages. The reported capacity numbers for each arena are based on the team’s arena being fully open. Half of the league’s teams play in NBA-sized arenas that unless needed, close off their upper bowl sections*.

Capacity numbers are provided by each team’s individual arena’s website. Also reported are each team’s individual high and low games for the season. All attendance numbers are provided through Acrossthetimeline.com.

*The Minnesota Lynx at Target Center, the New York Liberty at Barclays Center, the Los Angeles Sparks at Crypto.com Arena, the Phoenix Mercury at Footprint Arena, the Indiana Fever at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, and the Seattle Storm at Climate Pledge Arena.

Attendance Report

At the halfway point of the season, the league is on pace to end with a final average of over 7,000 fans per game. July and August tend to always see larger crowds as the playoffs approach. The WNBA hasn’t averaged over 7,000 fans per game since the 2017 season. The league will resume regular season play on Tuesday, July 18. The previous attendance report from the week ending on July 2 is still available.

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