- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On October 31, 2012
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- 2012 MLS Attendance, 2012 MLS Season
Time for some positive news before we get into the playoff discussion (full predictions coming up later today).
Attendance for Major League Soccer reached a new high in 2012. The league beat last year’s mark by nearly 1,000 per game. In fact, with an average attendance of 18,807, MLS ranks seventh in the world.
It’s been discussed recently too that for the first time ever, the league had more than 6 million people attend their games this season. Double woohoo!
Once again the Seattle Sounders were the top dogs in the attendance game, achieving new high-marks in attendance by crushing their own record for a third straight year by averaging 43,144 fans.
Attendance is a positive sign that the league is growing in the US. TV ratings and overall revenue of the 19 clubs are still not where folks would like them to be but they are rising slowly here (at least based on what some folks from the league are telling me, I don’t have any specifics on actual revenue numbers here for those curious). All positive signs.
2012 MLS attendance
|Real Salt Lake||19,087||19,492||324,482||17||7.82%|
|New York Red Bulls||18,281||18,152||310,782||17||-7.71%|
|New England Revolution||14,001||12,523||238,025||17||5.57%|
|San Jose Earthquakes||13,293||10,525||225,977||17||10.79%|
**Table above came from SBnation.com, kudos to those guys for putting this together**
Some quick notes:
- How about that total number for Seattle? 733,441! That’s freakin’ huge!
- Montreal’s numbers are a tad higher due to a couple big sellouts at the Olympic Stadium. They have a good chance to do well next year though based on some numbers we saw down the stretch.
- FC Dallas and Columbus (the two Hunt owned teams) saw better numbers in 2012. Still no where near where they should be but positive sign for the future. Dallas had the highest attendance numbers in FC Dallas Stadium history. Still looking to best their 1996 numbers however. Maybe in 2013.
- We are seeing more clubs playing in front of sellouts or near sell outs. SKC played in front of a lot of standing-room only crowds. I think once San Jose opens their new stadium in 2014 we’ll see more of that out there.
- New York dipped in attendance is puzzling but the front office shakeups will hopefully correct that. Still some perspective is that 18,000 average in front of a smaller nice stadium still beats playing in front of a 80% empty Meadowlands Stadium.
- Chivas and Toronto took a big hit at the gates. Toronto for obvious reasons. Chivas lowered the capacity at the HDC and still saw a dip. Who knows when that club will get it right.
- D.C. United also saw a big dip despite reaching the post season for the first time since 2007. I still fully expect them to get their stadium situation worked out in the future. Have to remain optimistic about that.