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Columbus sees crowd increase
by Mike Woitalla, July 24th, 2012 2:33AM
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[MLS ATTENDANCE] Fifteen Week 20 games, including seven on Wednesday, averaged 17,889 fans. For MLS team attendance rankings ...

* The Columbus Crew, which drew more than 17,000 for its 1-0 win over D.C. United on Saturday, is averaging 14,858, a 22 percent increase over last season.

* Home teams went undefeated in Week 20, winning 13 and tying two of the games.

* MLS league-wide attendance this season after 196 games is 18,672. 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 20
Home Games
2012 Home
Average
2011 Home
Average (Final)
Chicago (13) -- 15,543 14,273
Chivas USA (18) 13,847 13,191 14,830
Colorado (14) -- 15,184 14,838
Columbus (15) 17,150 14,858 12,185
Dallas (17) 11,365 13,525 12,861
D.C. United (16) -- 14,132 15,196
Houston (4) 19,761, 20,396 21,045 17,694
Kansas City (6) 19,080 19,321 17,810
Los Angeles (3) 25,180 22,729 23,335
Montreal (2) 15,615 24,472 --
New England (19) -- 12,455 13,222
New York (11) 15,814, 21,842 17,720 19,749
Philadelphia (10) -- 18,398 18,259
Portland (5) -- 20,438 18,827
Real Salt Lake (9) 19,492 18,678 17,591
San Jose (12) 9,481 15,229 11,858
Seattle (1) -- 39,537 38,496
Toronto FC (8) 18,225 19,033 20,267
Vancouver (7) 21,000, 20,112 19,384 20,406
Leaguewide 17,889 18,672 17,872


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



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