MLS Hits 5 Million Mark In Attendance

MLS Hits 5 Million Mark In Attendance

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On September 25, 2012
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  • 2012 MLS Season, 2012 Week 29

Major League Soccer has hit the 5 million mark for attendance this season with a few weeks to go. MLS has also been averaging around 18,500 per game this season.

MLS’s highest season attendance averages were 17,872 in 2011 and 17,406 in its inaugural season of 1996. Obviously the more clubs the league has added, the higher the attendance overall.

Still, these are positive numbers overall to see as the league is growing. The only disappointing numbers in my book are with Chivas, D.C. United and New England – all three in bad stadium situations. Toronto being down from last year is also a concern but that was bound to happen with how poorly that club has played this season.

MLS Attendance through Week 29:

Club (2012 Rank)
Week 29
Home Games
2012 Home
Average
2011 Home
Average (Final)
Chicago (12)  19,172  16,170  14,273
Chivas USA (18)  —  13,285  14,830
Colorado (13)  —  14,974  14,838
Columbus (14)  13,874  14,346  12,185
Dallas (15)  —  14,099  12,861
D.C. United (17)  11,770  13,483  15,196
Houston (4)  —  20,817  17,694
Kansas City (7)  —  19,296  17,810
Los Angeles (3)  27,000  22,621  23,335
Montreal (2)  20,521  22,945  —
New England (19)  24,364  13,281  13,222
New York (11)  10,286  17,099  19,749
Philadelphia (10)  17,666; 16,024  18,056  18,259
Portland (5)  —  20,438  18,827
Real Salt Lake (8)  20,524  18,998  17,591
San Jose (16)  9,877  13,633  11,858
Seattle (1)  38,948  42,134  38,496
Toronto FC (9)  —  18,480  20,267
Vancouver (6)  18,992  19,379  20,406
League-wide  19,155  18,531  17,872

** Stats compiled from the league and the club’s websites. Also, hat-tip to Soccer America for putting together the fancy table this morning.

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