Women’s National Basketball Association Attendance 2006 to 2013

One of the defining characteristics of Minor Sports Leagues is that they play to smaller crowds of fans. Minor-Leagues.com has compiled a series of posts that provides details of attendance figures.

The Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) is a professional women’s basketball league in the United States that started play in 1997. Many WNBA teams have direct NBA counterparts and play in the same arena. Four teams of the twelve do not share an arena with a direct NBA counterpart, while only two do not share a market with an NBA counterpart.

Below is the fan attendance for the entire league from 2006 to 2013.

League Sport Season # of Teams Team Change Games Games Change Total Attendance TA Change Average Attendance AA Change Source
WNBA (Womens National Basketball Association) Basketball Women 2006 14 USA untracked 238 untracked 1,782,620 untracked 7,490 untracked wikipedia
WNBA (Womens National Basketball Association) Basketball Women 2007 13 USA -7.69% 221 -7.14% 1,727,999 -3.06% 7,819 4.39% wikipedia
WNBA (Womens National Basketball Association) Basketball Women 2008 14 USA 7.69% 238 7.69% 1,891,624 9.47% 7,948 1.65% wikipedia
WNBA (Womens National Basketball Association) Basketball Women 2009 13 USA -7.14% 221 -7.14% 1,776,619 -6.08% 8,039 1.14% wikipedia
WNBA (Womens National Basketball Association) Basketball Women 2010 12 USA -7.69% 204 -7.69% 1,598,136 -10.05% 7,834 -2.55% wikipedia
WNBA (Womens National Basketball Association) Basketball Women 2011 12 USA 0.00% 204 0.00% 1,622,616 1.53% 7,954 1.53% wikipedia
WNBA (Womens National Basketball Association) Basketball Women 2012 12 USA 0.00% 204 0.00% 1,520,208 -6.31% 7,452 -6.31% wikipedia
WNBA (Womens National Basketball Association) Basketball Women 2013 12 USA 0.00% 204 0.00% 1,536,324 1.06% 7,531 1.06% wikipedia

 

The creation of the WNBA was officially approved by the NBA Board of Governors in 1996. While not the first major women’s professional basketball league in the United States (a distinction held by the defunct WBL), the WNBA is the only league to receive full backing of the NBA.

Al Young