For a team that gets the job done on the field, the Philadelphia Independence sure lack fan support off the field.
As of the 18th week of WPS competition, Indy has an overall 2010 median attendance of… wait for it… 2,585. Boston, meanwhile, leads the league in attendance with 4,651-almost twice that of Indy. And while (slowly) digesting these ugly figures, keep in mind that this is the Independence’s inaugural season, and new teams have historically seen their attendance decline in their second years as the newness of the team fades. So what does that mean for next year?
Simply put, things need to change. And fast.
As a born-and-raised Philadelphian, I find it difficult to believe that this borderline-obsessive sports town does not have enough women’s soccer fans to fill a college stadium. We are, after all, the city that threw snowballs at the Dallas Cowboys AND Santa Claus at two separate Eagles games. So, keeping in mind the fact that Indy’s 2nd place record means that the on-field product has been above average this year, it would seem as though the issue has less to do with product and more to do with placement.