MLS Season Ticket Update

MLS Season Ticket Update

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On March 7, 2008
  • 4 Comments

Thanks to those dudes over at the Business Journal (you know the ones who probably got beat up after school for knowing too much about Geometry at the age of 7, yeah those guys) for releasing this info on MLS Season tickets in comparison to last years.Apparently the same guys will be doing their own sorts of MLS previews in the coming weeks before the season kicks off. I’m sure those will be enlightening as anything from them.

The table below is as of Feburary 17th, so things could have changed a bit since then, but I feel they are probably pretty darn close to what we will see this year in MLS stadiums.

Club

2008

2007

% CHANGE

Chicago Fire 2,759 2,553 +8%
Chivas USA 837 858 -2%
Colorado Rapids 2,968 1,866 +59%
Columbus Crew 3,227 3,190 +1%
D.C. United 5,976 4,721 +27%
FC Dallas 3,002 3,134 -4%
Houston Dynamo 4,116 2,205 +87%
Kansas City Wizards 1,539 464 +232%
Los Angeles Galaxy 7,915 9,308 -15%
New England Revolution 4,001 3,502 +14%
New York Red Bulls 3,170 2,391 +33%
Real Salt Lake 4,632 4,421 +5%
San Jose Earthquakes 3,822 N/A N/A
Toronto FC 16,641 12,435 +34%
TOTAL 64,605 51,048 +26.6%

Some very interesting numbers really. A lot that jump out to me when I look at it.

  • The Beckham Effect really hasn’t taken over like many expected to…for one LA went down in their ticket numbers from last year but they will probably still sell out many of their home games like they normally do
  • Colorado’s jump is nice to see, I guess Christian Gomez is giving some fans hope that they will actually be worth watching this season.
  • Toronto’s numbers are just staggering in comparison to everyone else. Teams must take a page or two out of their book to even come close to that number of season ticket holders.
  • Nice to see Houston jump up in numbers after winning another title.
  • KC gets a slight boost even though they are moving into a minor league baseball park, good hope there if you ask me if people are actually starting to buy season tickets in KC now that they are out of Arrowhead.
  • Chivas is kind of depressing to look at really, for such a good team they either need their own park, a new name and identity or they need some sort of help…I don’t know really but that may be a topic for another day.

I know that Seattle is already in numbers close to Toronto in terms of season ticket holders for next year, and in Philly they already are at 2000 season ticket holders. Sad really when expansion clubs are dominating current clubs and clubs that have been in the league since it started in terms of season ticket holders.

I think the future is bright though in terms of packed stadiums. Having soccer specific stadiums is really showing it’s effect.

  • Stoeten

    I think you're absolutely right about the soccer-specific stadiums. BMO field here in Toronto is simple and economical, but still a fantastic place to watch a match. The city is so full of people from football-mad places in the world that there is a natural advantage there, but if these games were played on that ugly carpet at the SkyDome (er… Rogers Centre) I don't think the season ticket numbers would be anywhere near the same. SkyDome fatigue may also be part of what's made the city fall in love with the new park so quickly, but whatever the case, they've made it a fantastic place to see a game.

  • I think you’re absolutely right about the soccer-specific stadiums. BMO field here in Toronto is simple and economical, but still a fantastic place to watch a match. The city is so full of people from football-mad places in the world that there is a natural advantage there, but if these games were played on that ugly carpet at the SkyDome (er… Rogers Centre) I don’t think the season ticket numbers would be anywhere near the same. SkyDome fatigue may also be part of what’s made the city fall in love with the new park so quickly, but whatever the case, they’ve made it a fantastic place to see a game.

  • Steve-O

    Soccer Specific stadiums are key and a must for the success of this league. It's embarissing to watch a team play on 1. a football field with the yard lines and 2. to watch a team play to an "empty" 80,000 capacity stadium. Those 2 things are what really hurt the league in the begining and it's credibility. Hopefully now with a push for soccer specific stadiums we will see the professionalism of professional soccer here in the states take off. I'm looking forward to what the next 5 years holds.

  • Steve-O

    Soccer Specific stadiums are key and a must for the success of this league. It’s embarissing to watch a team play on 1. a football field with the yard lines and 2. to watch a team play to an “empty” 80,000 capacity stadium. Those 2 things are what really hurt the league in the begining and it’s credibility. Hopefully now with a push for soccer specific stadiums we will see the professionalism of professional soccer here in the states take off. I’m looking forward to what the next 5 years holds.