- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On March 22, 2011
- 4 Comments
- 2011 MLS Season, Attendance Figures
A lot is always made about how many folks actually show up to Major League Soccer games, this year will be no different with two new clubs and a new stadium opening up later this summer in Kansas City.
The positive note however has to be that the first week in MLS was a success at the gate. Average attendance was the highest ever for an opening week in MLS history at 21,046. Yeah, highest overall average of any first week in league history. That is certainly something to be proud about and point out.
Could it have been higher? Absolutely. I say that because had San Jose not had a home game to start the season and say someone like Real Salt Lake or Portland had, then this number would be even higher. Still, the numbers were very solid in the opening week as you see below. (Note: kudos to the fans that did show up in SJ though, the weather was awful for an opening night but they still showed up in quality numbers!)
The real positives have to be in Colorado and FC Dallas, both had a huge bump from their opening numbers a season ago. Dallas drew 20,145 for its home opener, a 1-1 tie with Chicago. Last year, Dallas started its season in front of 8,016 in its home opener to the Houston Dynamo. I was at that game and believe me Houston had a good chunk of that crowd.
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