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Crowds on pace for all-time high
by Mike Woitalla, October 4th, 2011 6:37PM

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[MLS ATTENDANCE] The league remains on pace for its best attendance average ever. The 12 games in Week 29 games averaged 18,284 fans as Vancouver sold out its new home and two Wednesday night matches drew unusually big crowds. For MLS attendance rankings ...

* The Vancouver Whitecaps moved into renovated BC Place last weekend and drew a sellout 21,000 crowd -- the max for a soccer setup at the stadium with a 52,000 capacity for Canadian Football League games. The stadium at which the Whitecaps of the old NASL played in 1983 and 1984 was renovated at a cost of more than $500 million. The Caps, new to MLS this season, had been playing at Empire Field, where they'd been averaging just more than 20,000.

* Wednesday night games traditionally don't draw well, but 17,838 in Kansas City watched the home team down Columbus, 2-1, and Real Salt Lake drew 20,762, who saw visiting Chicago win, 3-0.

* On Saturday, the Los Angeles Galaxy sold out for the fifth time this season (a 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake). On Sunday, also at the Home Depot Center, Chivas USA drew its third highest crowd of the season (16,134) for a 1-1 tie with Philly.

* New England enjoyed a crowd significantly higher than its average when 21,022 came for the Revs' 2-1 loss to Seattle on Saturday.

* Also improving on its average this season was Columbus, which beat D.C. United, 2-1, in front of 15,566 on Sunday.

* MLS's attendance average so far this season is 17,577. 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 29
Home Games
2011 Home
Average

2010 Home
Average (Final)

Chicago (14)
--
14,137
15,814
Chivas USA (13)
16,134
14,373 14,576
Colorado (12)
13,920 14,749 13,329
Columbus (18)
15,566 12,185
14,642
D.C. United (11)
-- 15,107 14,532
FC Dallas (15)
--
13,026
10,815
Houston (10)
17,544 16,924 17,310
Kansas City (8)
17,838
17,678
10,287
Los Angeles (2)
27,000 23,106 21,437
New England (16)
21,022
13,292
12,987
New York (5)
--
19,034 18,441
Philadelphia (7)
17,963 18,201 19,254
Portland (6)
--
18,733  --
Real Salt Lake (9)
20,762 17,417
17,095
San Jose (17)
10,525
11,928
9,659
Seattle (1)
--
36,932 36,173
Toronto FC (4)
20,132
20,183
20,453
Vancouver (3)
21,000
20,608 --
Leaguewide
18,284 17,577 16,037


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