El Paso Locomotive Ranks Tenth In USL Attendance
Yesterday afternoon the United Soccer League announced their 2019 attendance figures for the regular season. Out the of the 45 teams that make up the USL-Championship, which is the league in which the Locomotive participate in and the USL-1, the El Paso Locomotive found themselves in 10th place in average attendance.
The Locos average 6,523 people per home match. This is more than 2,000 people than the USL-Championship average of 4,466. El Paso only averaged 250 less people than big market, established clubs like the San Antonio Scorpions and Phoenix Rising.
Locomotive General Manager, Andrew Forrest, commented the following regarding El Paso's attendance figures in their first year in existence:
"A great first season, we have high expectations for ourselves and certainly want to be a leader in this league in every facet, that includes attendance. While we have room for improvement and we think we can do and we will do better next year with attendance, we are very pleased with how the community of El Paso responded coming to our games and enjoying our games. That is evidenced in the attendance we had for 2019."
The Locomotive have the possibility to add to those attendance figures if a couple of results go their way in the first round of the playoffs. To which Forrest said, "We'd love to host at home, we're happy to be in the playoffs...if were are able to win (in Fresno on Saturday) and Reno loses we would be hosting a home game next Saturday, November 2nd which would be tremendous. I think it would be wildly successful and greatly attended, we'll just have to see how the cards fall."