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Real Salt Lake enjoys bounce
by Mike Woitalla, September 4th, 2012 10:42PM

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[MLS ATTENDANCE] Real Salt Lake, one of three teams that announced 20,000-plus crowds in Week 26, is headed to a club record attendance average. That's thanks to young fans, says RSL President Bill Manning. ... For MLS team attendance rankings ...

* Real Salt Lake, which drew 20,344 for a 1-0 win over D.C. United on Saturday, is averaging 18,897 at Rio Tinto Stadium. RSL is on pace for a 10 percent increase from 2011, when the average rose 7.4 percent from 2010.

"We’re killing it, we really are," Manning told The Salt Lake Tribune. "We don’t even look at the [Utah] Jazz schedule anymore when we make our schedule. We don’t even look at BYU or Utah anymore. We’ve found we can still sell out when they do."

A younger demographic, between ages 18 and 30, is driving RSL's attendance rise, reports Martin Renzhofer.

"We’ve become their team," Manning said.

* The league-wide average after 256 games is 18,534.

* 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 26
Home Games
2012 Home
Average
2011 Home
Average (Final)
Chicago (12)  17,007  15,822  14,273
Chivas USA (18)  --  13,437  14,830
Colorado (13)  --  15,119  14,838
Columbus (14)  12,522  14,382  12,185
Dallas (16)  12,811  13,860  12,861
D.C. United (17)  10,303  13,490  15,196
Houston (4)  --  20,999  17,694
Kansas City (7)  18,481  19,254  17,810
Los Angeles (3)  20,168  22,470  23,335
Montreal (2)  --  23,107  --
New England (19)  11,841; 10,945  12,699  13,222
New York (11)  --  17,664  19,749
Philadelphia (10)  16,568  18,277  18,259
Portland (5)  20,438  20,438  18,827
Real Salt Lake (9)  20,334  18,794  17,591
San Jose (15)  10,545  14,161  11,858
Seattle (1)  --  42,666  38,496
Toronto FC (8)  --  18,993  20,267
Vancouver (6)  --  19,409  20,406
Leaguewide  15,162  18,534  17,872


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



1 comment
  1. David Sirias
    commented on: September 5, 2012 at 3:38 p.m.
    I'm in CA but watch RSL closely. RSL has a good product but they need to spend more on payroll to keep up with the Jones'. The good fans of RSL expect and deserve a competitive team....always. But right now the foundation has some cracks. No speed out wide nor at outside backs. There is no reason not to spend the money on people like Josh Gatt and Joe Gyau. They guys toil in obscurity in scandanavia yet could ply their trade just as well here. Neither need be a DP, But put those two guys on the outside of Jason Kreis' diamond and you win MLS Cup and CCL in the next two years while Espindola and Saborio are still in their prime.


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