The UFL's Premiere season is over and the attendance numbers are in. I wrote an article on attendance after the Redwood's first home game, suggesting strong promotional efforts were needed.
With no promotion, things have gotten worse.
Here are the 12 games attendance numbers in order:
Stadium City attendance
Sam Boyd Las Vegas 14,209
Citrus Bowl Orlando 11,203
Sam Boyd Las Vegas 12,160
AT&T Park San Francisco 6341
Citrus Bowl Orlando 12,021
Giants Stadium New Jersey 10,318
Tropicana Field St. Petersburg 11,354
Shuart Stadium Hempstead, NY 4392
Rentschler Field E. Hartford, CT 5201
Spartan Stadium San Jose 4312
AT&T Park San Francisco 6837
Sam Boyd Las Vegas 13,306
Total fans attending UFL games: 111,654
Average attendance per game: 9305
While there is a lot to be said for controlling costs, one has to wonder if the marketing folks who came up with the idea of the "Premiere Season" with its secondary sites were under the impression there would be some promotion attached to sell tickets.
It would have certainly made some sense to lay the groundwork for expansion teams in these secondary sites.
It would seem like drawing 5201 to see a game in Connecticut would not be a strong positive in terms of securing a future owner for an expansion Connecticut team, but that is just one man's opinion.
What are your thoughts on the UFL's initial season?