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On pace for record attendance
by Mike Woitalla, September 13th, 2011 12:43AM
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[MLS ATTENDANCE] Ten Week 26 games averaged 17,646 fans as MLS, with just more than a month left in the regular season, is on pace to break its season attendance record.

* Seattle drew the biggest crowd of the week when 35,940 watched it fall to Real Salt Lake.

* San Jose drew the smallest crowd, but the 10,525 who watched the Quakes end a 13-game winless streak marked its fourth straight sellout at tiny Buck Shaw Stadium.

* New England, which struggles at the gate, drew its third biggest crowd of the season when 15,498 watched it down Dallas.

* MLS's attendance average so far this season is 17,455. The 2010 season ended with a 16,037 league-wide attendance average.

* MLS's highest attendance came in its inaugural season of 1996 -- 17,406.

MLS ATTENDANCE:

Club (2011 Rank)
Week 26
Home Games
2011 Home
Average

2010 Home
Average (Final)

Chicago (14)
--
14,018
15,814
Chivas USA (13)
12,245
14,248 14,576
Colorado (12)
-- 14,584 13,329
Columbus (18)
13,058 11,405
14,642
D.C. United (11)
-- 15,024 14,532
FC Dallas (15)
--
12,896
10,815
Houston (10)
-- 16,793 17,310
Kansas City (8)
14,791
17,578
10,287
Los Angeles (2)
20,068 23,051 21,437
New England (17)
15,498 12,739
12,987
New York (5)
19,684 18,864 18,441
Philadelphia (7)
16,148
18,504
18,168 19,254
Portland (6)
--
18,627  --
Real Salt Lake (9)
-- 17,001
17,095
San Jose (16)
10,525
12,021
9,659
Seattle (1)
35,940
36,982 36,173
Toronto FC (4)
--
20,178
20,453
Vancouver (3)
--
20,542 --
Leaguewide
17,646 17,455 16,037


6 comments
  1. K G
    commented on: September 13, 2011 at 12:45 p.m.
    Nowhere near the average gates this summer by the Herba-like WFC tour (58,707). 14 games, larger venues, Mexican, English, Spanish, Italian, Portugese (but no German!) sides split the gate totals with just 6 MLS sides. Does this sort of thing promote the league or the pockets of the owners, or is that the same thing? Heckova fundraiser to help increase the academies ability to scout/develop players who aren't able to pay-to-play.
  1. Robert Lopez
    commented on: September 13, 2011 at 2:45 p.m.
    I believe some adjustments need to be made in comparing YOY attendance results. KC got a bigger stadium, Portland Joined the league
  1. Robert Lopez
    commented on: September 13, 2011 at 2:49 p.m.
    8 teams saw a drop in avg. attendance. that is almost have the league.
  1. Robert Lopez
    commented on: September 13, 2011 at 3:02 p.m.
    but if you remove Portland and Vancouver 50% of franchises saw a drop in attendance. This is terrible for MLS.
  1. Robert Lopez
    commented on: September 15, 2011 at 6:38 p.m.
    Super Man, how I'm I threatened by a flat-lining league? The numbers don't lie
  1. Jared Cram
    commented on: September 19, 2011 at 11:25 a.m.
    In the case of Philadelphia, the numbers from 2010 are skewed because of a couple of home games that were played at Lincoln Financial Field because PPL Park wasn't ready. PPL Park holds 18,500 and I believe we've sold out all of our matches except for a midweek match against New England that was rescheduled due to Hurricane Irene.

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