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Teams with biggest crowds disappoint
by Mike Woitalla, April 3rd, 2012 1:12AM
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[MLS ATTENDANCE] After the first month of play, the attendance average remained above the 20,000 mark, although in Week 4 the biggest crowds didn't translate into home-team wins. For MLS team attendance rankings ...

* In nine Week 4 games, only two home teams -- New York and Colorado -- pulled off victories.

* The teams with the largest announced attendances disappointed their fans:

Seattle (38,485) lost 1-0 to San Jose.
Los Angeles (21,324) lost 3-1 to New England.
Portland (20,438) lost 3-2 to Real Salt Lake.
Toronto (18,944) lost 1-0 to Columbus.

* The league-wide attendance after Week 4 is 20,349. It was 17,805 at this point last season.

MLS ATTENDANCE*

Club (2012 Rank)
Week 4
Home Games
2012 Home
Average

2011 Home
Average (Final)

Chicago (11)
 --
 18,075 14,273
Chivas USA (18)
 13,372 11,853 14,830
Colorado (16)
 13,125
 13,949 14,838
Columbus (10)
 -- 18,197 12,185
D.C. United (14)
 13,169 14,742 15,196
FC Dallas (13)
 --
 16,555
 12,861
Houston (-)
 -- --
 17,694
Kansas City (12)
 --
 17,469 17,810
Los Angeles (3)
 21,324 22,263
 23,335
Montreal (1)
 --
 58,912 --
New England (17)
 --
 12,925 13,222
New York (4)
 13,415 17,220 19,749
Philadelphia (8)
 17,189 18,132
 18,259
Portland (5)
 20,438 20,438 18,827
Real Salt Lake (9)
 -- 18,577 17,591
San Jose (15)
 --
 16,171
 11,858
Seattle (2)
 38,485
 38,612 38,496
Toronto FC (7)
 18,944
 19,507 20,267
Vancouver (6)
 --
 20,197
 20,406
Leaguewide
 18,812 20,34917,872


 * Attendance figures, provided by MLS, reflect tickets sold and distributed.



4 comments
  1. Margaret Manning
    commented on: April 3, 2012 at 7:56 a.m.
    "Disappointed their fans" isn't really the right word here. I've been to several games that were well-played and hard fought, just to come down to a bad penalty call. In those cases, fans aren't "disappointed."
  1. Simon Provan
    commented on: April 3, 2012 at 9:23 a.m.
    Well said, Margaret.
  1. Ken Jamieson
    commented on: April 3, 2012 at 10:12 a.m.
    A true fan does not support a team simply because they win, if this were the case professional sport would not survive. A true fan is a fan of the game as much as they are a fan of their team and can be satisfied with a well-played game regardless of the score. The future of MLS relies not on people becoming supporters of their teams but rather becoming fans of the game.
  1. Jack Niner
    commented on: April 3, 2012 at 11:20 a.m.
    To make the attendance figures more meaningful, they should also be shown in terms of facility utilization, e.g., if Toyota Park for the Chicago Fire hold 20,000 seats for soccer, to date their facility utilization for MLS games is 90.3 percent.

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