Tuesday, March 13, 2012

MLS Starts Again! Week 1 Attendance

A new year of MLS soccer, year 17. Last year was the highest gate attendance and highest average attendance ever in MLS history.

SeasonTotal GateGamesAvg.High avg.TeamLow avg.Team
19962,785,00116017,40628,916Los Angeles Galaxy10,213Colorado Rapids 
19972,339,01916014,61921,423NE Revolution9,058Kansas City Wizards
19982,747,89719214,31221,784Los Angeles Galaxy 8,072Kansas City Wizards 
19992,742,10219214,28217,696Columbus Crew8,183Kansas City Wizards 
20002,641,08519213,75620,400Los Angeles Galaxy 7,460Miami Fusion
20012,363,85915814,96121,518D.C. United9,112Kansas City Wizards 
20022,215,01914015,82220,690Colorado Rapids11,150San Jose Earthquakes
20032,234,74715014,89821,983Los Angeles Galaxy 7,906Dallas Burn
20042,333,79715015,55923,809Los Angeles Galaxy 9,088Dallas Burn
20052,900,71619215,10824,204Los Angeles Galaxy 9,691Kansas City Wizards 
20062,976,78719215,50420,814Los Angeles Galaxy 11,083Kansas City Wizards 
20073,270,21019516,77024,252Los Angeles Galaxy 11,586Kansas City Wizards 
20083,456,60021016,46026,008Los Angeles Galaxy 10,685Kansas City Wizards 
20093,608,32522516,03730,942Seattle Sounders FC9,883FC Dallas
20104,002,00024016,67536,173Seattle Sounders FC 9,659San Jose Earthquakes 
20115,468,95130617,87038,496Seattle Sounders FC 11,858San Jose Earthquakes 
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We have a new team. Montreal is added to the mix and sure to add an increase in attendance as every Canadian club has.

We have new stadiums for Vancouver (only used BC Place a couple times last year)and the Houston Dynamo in BBVA Compass Stadium. Both stadiums are beautiful and will only increase the attendance and excitement for MLS soccer in both of these cities.

Meanwhile Portland and Seattle, in the new heartland of MLS, both increased capacity at their stadiums as the Cascada region continues to amaze Don Garber and the MLS.

This year looks to be a another great year for the MLS as a league and in attendance. As long as all the new expansion teams can keep their high attendance up and keep their team the talk of the town, the MLS could break 19,000 for average attendance. The original teams look to increase attendance and copy the set up now seen in Canada, Seattle, Portland, and others. With no team planned to join in 2013, the fans and league must focus on building up and maintaining the MLS to a high standard. I have no doubts that this league can grow to be one of the best in the world.

Eight games were played this weekend and here is the attendance for those as the MLS kicks off.

Team Attendance Capacity Percent Full Last Year's Average Attendance
Chicago Fire
20,000 % 14,274 
Chivas USA 14,464 27,000 53.57% 14,830 
Colorado Rapids 14,746 18,087 81.53% 14,838 
Columbus Crew
20,145 % 12,185 
DC United 16,314 23,865 68.36% 15,211 
FC Dallas20,906 21,193 98.65%
Houston Dynamo
22,000 % 17,694 
Los Angeles Galaxy 27,000 27,000 100.0% 23,335 
Montreal Impact
20,341 % ---
NE Revolution
22,385 % 13,222 
New York Red Bulls
25,189 % 19,691 
Philadelphia Union
18,500 % 18,258
Portland Timbers 20,438 20,323 100.57% 18,827 
Real Salt Lake
20,008 % 17,594 
San Jose Earthquakes 10,525 10,300 102.18% 11,858 
Seattle Sounders
38,500 % 38,495 
Sporting Kansas City
18,467 % 17,810 
Toronto FC
21,800 % 20,267
Vancouver Whitecaps 21,000 21,500 97.67% 20,406 
Average 18,174 21,926 82.89% 17,870

1 comment:

  1. Muy buen blog, mi amigo. Saludos desde Venezuela! Keep Going!