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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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