Can FC Cincinnati sustain a better average attendance than the Reds?
Before getting into the numbers, there are a few things to keep in mind when discussing the topic of cross-sport average attendance. For starters, the sample size for both teams this season is far less than desirable. Secondly, the Cincinnati Reds, one of the oldest teams in Major League Baseball, will play about 80 games in Cincinnati, almost 5x FC Cincinnati's 17.
However, even with that difference in mind, it's nice to see FC Cincinnati's attendance rivaling that of the Reds.
This season, the Reds have been absolutely abysmal. At just 3-15, the Reds are already nine games out of first place in the NL Central, a division that's been dominated by the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates over the last half a decade. The Reds, who have played 8 games at home, have an average attendance of 20,749, ranking in the bottom half of the MLB.
That said, although FC Cincinnati lost their first home game of the season, their on-the-field product has been much more entertaining this season than that of the Reds.
As far as attendance goes, FC Cincinnati has a small sample size, but in their opening game against rival Louisville City FC, FCC piled in over 25,000 into Nippert Stadium. On top of that, they eclipsed 16,000 season ticket holders this season.
These aren't surprising numbers to FC Cincinnati though. Last season, they also posted an all-time high in average attendance with 21,696, including US Open Cup games.
Moving forward, the buzz surrounding FCC might continue to gain steam with the proposed stadium deal getting approval. Now, it's just on the MLS, and with all eyes on the prize of the MLS's expansion bid, FCC should continue to stay relevant, bringing more eyes on the team and subsequently more attendance.
FCC's attendance is something the organization has been proud of, as it should be. Will it be able to compete with the Reds long-term? With their stadium limiting their capacity along with the Reds only able to go up from this rock bottom start, it's unlikely, so let's cherish this feat for what it's worth.