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by Mike Woitalla, June 25th, 2012 7PM
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[MLS ATTENDANCE] Week 16 featured six midweek and nine weekend games that averaged nearly 20,000 as MLS stayed on track for a record-breaking season. For MLS team attendance rankings ...

* On Wednesday night, Seattle drew a season-high 46,932 for a 1-1 tie with Kansas City.

* Also drawing big midweek crowds were Houston (21,423), Vancouver (20,060) and Real Salt Lake (20,382). RSL was the one team that hosted two games in Week 16 and on Saturday drew 18,050.

* The New York Red Bulls drew their biggest crowd ever at Red Bull Arena, which opened in 2010, when 25,187 came for their 3-2 win on Sunday over D.C. United.

* Montreal drew only 12,397 for its second game at renovated Saputo Stadium.

* The league-wide attendance after 146 games is 18,655, an increase of 6 percent from last year's average of 17,623 after Week 16.

* MLS's highest season attendance averages were 17,872 in 2011 and 17,406 in its inaugural season of 1996.

MLS ATTENDANCE*

Club (2012 Rank)
Week 16
Home Games
2012 Home
Average

2011 Home
Average (Final)

Chicago (13)
 17,144
 14,756  14,273
Chivas USA (15)
 10,376  13,291  14,830
Colorado (12)
 13,080
 14,892  14,838
Columbus (16)
 --  13,219  12,185
D.C. United (14)
 --
 13,668  15,196
FC Dallas (17)
 13,846
 13,255
 12,861
Houston (4)
 21,423  21,916
 17,694
Kansas City (6)
 --
 19,364  17,810
Los Angeles (3)
 21,529  21,982
 23,335
Montreal (2)
 12,397
 30,280  --
New England (18)
 --
 11,819  13,222
New York (11)
 25,187  17,161  19,749
Philadelphia (10)
 18,207  18,378
 18,259
Portland (5)
 20,438  20,438  18,827
Real Salt Lake (9)
 20,382; 18,050
 18,648  17,591
San Jose (19)
 --
 11,668
 11,858
Seattle (1)
 46,932
 39,590  38,496
Toronto FC (8)
 18,877
 18,888  20,267
Vancouver (7)
 20,060
 19,123
 20,406
Leaguewide
 19,859  18,655  17,872


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



4 comments
  1. Jack Aldridge
    commented on: June 26, 2012 at 11:33 a.m.
    I'm liking it...
  1. Carlos Thys
    commented on: June 27, 2012 at 5:56 a.m.
    Why are the home crowds for Chivas so terribly low? That makes no sense in Los Angeles. The Home Depot venue is a good one, right? It is ideal size for close viewing of the pitch. I would think that a Chivas side would have some very, very fine, strong support there. Who has insights on this? Please do share if you know. It would be very instructive to hear why Chivas cannot average at least 17-18,000 fans per home match. Thank you.
  1. Gary Bolen
    commented on: June 28, 2012 at 10:45 a.m.
    You might want to verify the reported attendance for Seattle as I don't believe the current configuration supports that many fans. Being a Wednesday night, and from what I remember from being there, I believe that the attendance was 36,932 and that the reported attendance of 46,932 was a typographical error. There will be matches that we pull in numbers like 46k and higher, like those included in the four-pack Chelsea package, but as a general, we should be in in the 38k to 39k range.
  1. Mister B
    commented on: July 28, 2012 at 10:18 p.m.
    That wasn't a typo on the Sounders match... I was there. There was a section opened for Farmers or some other insurance company that usually isn't open; the announcers mentioned the extra attendance was due to the business and employees. It was packed... and LOUD, especially because the KC keeper (and the team in general) was wasting time. I was at Chelsea too, which was 52k or 53k, I don't recall the exact number.

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