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MLS Sees 7% Growth In Attendance This Season

The final numbers are in and Major League Soccer saw a 7% increase in attendance this year, from 16,675 fans per game to 17,870 fans according to MLSAttendance.blogspot.com .

Out of the 18 teams in MLS only four saw a decrease in average attendance. They were Chicago, Columbus, Philadelphia, and Toronto. Philadelphia’s name is on the list because in 2010 they played their opening games at Lincoln Financial and drew over 25,000 fans to some of those games. The Union’s soccer specific stadium is obviously smaller which is why they technically had a decrease in attendance.

The Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders both increased capacity for a few games resulting in a percent full stadium over 100%. The San Jose Earthquakes played at Stanford Stadium for a game on July 4th weekend and drew 41,028 fans resulting in an increase in attendance.

The new stadium in Kansas City is paying off as Sporting KC saw attendance rise from 10,287 to 17,810. It probably helped that KC were much better on the pitch this season than last season.

The Houston Dynamo and the Montreal Impact will both play in soccer specific stadiums next year while San Jose will have a soccer specific stadium complete in 2013. DC United and NE Revolution have no plans for soccer specific stadiums.

Team Attendance Capacity Percent Full Last Year’s Average Attendance
Chicago Fire 14,274 20,000 71.37% 15,814
Chivas USA 14,830 27,000 54.92% 14,575
Colorado Rapids 14,838 18,086 82.04% 13,328
Columbus Crew 12,185 20,455 59.57% 14,641
DC United 15,211 23,865 63.74% 14,531
FC Dallas 12,861 21,193 60.68% 10,815
Houston Dynamo 17,694 25,462 69.49% 17,309
Los Angeles Galaxy 23,335 27,000 86.43% 21,436
New England Revolution 13,222 22,385 59.07% 12,986
New York Red Bulls 19,691 25,189 78.17% 18,441
Philadelphia Union 18,258 18,500 98.69% 19,254
Portland Timbers 18,827 18,627 101.07%
Real Salt Lake 17,594 20,008 87.94% 17,095
San Jose Earthquakes 11,858 10,300 115.13% 9,659
Seattle Sounders 38,495 35,700 107.83% 36,173
Sporting Kansas City 17,810 18,467 96.44% 10,287
Toronto FC 20,267 21,800 92.97% 20,453
Vancouver Whitecaps 20,406 20,500 99.54%
Average 17,870 21,919 81.53% 16,675
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