Posted by: Ethan Johnson | April 24, 2010

WNBA: 2008 Regular Season Attendance

I shut down my old web site this past December after a 10 year run. Unfortunately, I didn’t snag a backup of the database so 99% of the material is lost to the ethers. Perhaps that is for the best.

I was surprised that one of the links worked a few weeks ago, and discovered that a web hosting glitch put the site back “live” in its entirety. Before the site was shuttered again, I grabbed the 2008 WNBA attendance data for the regular season to post here.

That data follows, minus much of the original post text.

1. Detroit: Average attendance = 9565, final W/L record = 22-12
2. Los Angeles: Average attendance = 9508, final W/L record = 20-14
3. Washington: Average attendance = 9096, final W/L record = 10-24
4. Phoenix: Average attendance = 8515, final W/L record = 16-18
5. New York: Average attendance = 8398, final W/L record = 19-15
6. Seattle: Average attendance = 8264, final W/L record = 22-12
7. Atlanta: Average attendance = 8132, final W/L record = 4-30
8. Sacramento: Average attendance = 8180, final W/L record = 18-16
9. San Antonio: Average attendance = 7984, final W/L record = 24-10
10. Indiana: Average attendance = 7702, final W/L record = 17-17
11. Connecticut*: Average attendance = 7644, final W/L record = 21-13
12. Minnesota: Average attendance = 7057, final W/L record = 16-18
13. Houston*: Average attendance = 6585, final W/L record = 17-17
14. Chicago*: Average attendance = 3656, final W/L record = 12-22

* Teams that do not have seating capacity of 10,000 or greater

Number of teams with winning records ranked 1-7 in attendance: 4
Number of teams with losing records ranked 8-14 in attendance: 2

(New material follows.)

Houston was one of two teams that did not meet or exceed the magic average attendance number of 7,000. Chicago had a pass, as their venue (at the time) did not seat 7000+. The writing was on the wall for Detroit in 2009, and didn’t surprise me when they became the Tulsa Shock, Houston, on the other hand, ended their final season with “okay” attendance and a .500 record.

The attendance figures for the 2009 regular season may be found here.

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