Taking Attendance

The latest attendance figures for MLS, USL-1 and WPS:

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Team G Total Average Median
Seattle Sounders FC 4 118,655 29,664 28,792
Toronto FC 5 100,899 20,180 20,056
Los Angeles Galaxy 4 79,045 19,761 19,510
Houston Dynamo 3 48,255 16,085 16,053
Chivas USA 4 59,354 14,839 15,037
DC United 4 57,155 14,289 14,333
Columbus Crew 3 38,779 12,926 14,686
Real Salt Lake 3 37,650 12,550 11,806
New England Revolution 1 11,314 11,314 11,314
Colorado Rapids 3 33,110 11,037 11,885
San Jose Earthquakes 5 55,140 11,028 10,049
Chicago Fire 3 32,703 10,901 10,782
New York Red Bulls 3 31,273 10,424 10,303
FC Dallas 3 29,242 9,747 6,813
Kansas City Wizards 3 27,692 9,231 10,385
MLS TOTAL 51 760,266 14,907 14,051
 
UNITED SOCCER LEAGUES DIVISION I
Team G Total Average Median
Portland Timbers 2 15,291 7,646 7,646
Vancouver Whitecaps 2 10,139 5,070 5,070
Puerto Rico Islanders 3 13,350 4,450 4,078
Charleston Battery 2 8,512 4,256 4,256
Minnesota Thunder 1 3,298 3,298 3,298
Austin Aztex 3 9,688 3,229 3,248
Carolina RailHawks 3 7,631 2,544 2,927
Cleveland City Stars 1 2,087 2,087 2,087
Miami FC Blues 4 6,686 1,672 1,539
Montreal Impact 0 0 0 0
Rochester Rhinos 0 0 0 0
USL-1 TOTAL 21 76,682 3,652 3,427
 
WOMEN’S PROFESSIONAL SOCCER
Team G Total Average Median
Los Angeles Sol 2 20,951 10,476 10,476
Boston Breakers 2 12,835 6,418 6,418
Chicago Red Stars 2 9,942 4,971 4,971
Washington Freedom 3 14,409 4,803 5,028
Saint Louis Athletica 2 9,236 4,618 4,618
Sky Blue FC 2 8,806 4,403 4,403
FC Gold Pride 3 12,313 4,104 3,321
WPS TOTAL 16 88,492 5,531 5,018

  • It’s early in USL-1. Montreal and Rochester, who’ve taken turns leading the league in average attendance historically, don’t have their home openers until later this month.
  • It’s also early in WPS, and the crowds aren’t huge, but they’re fairly steady. Hanging in there. If they can make a go of it with the revenue generated by those crowds, fantastic.
  • Seattle and Toronto lead the way in MLS. Seattle has a chance to break Los Angeles’ all time league record for average attendance (28,916, set in 1996). LA’s median was only 18,813 that year and the Sounders should crush that.
  • The five teams in football stadiums (Seattle, Houston, DC, New England, New York) are averaging 17,777 thanks to Seattle. The seven teams in Soccer-Specific Stadia are averaging 14,671. The two teams in temporary facilities (San Jose and Kansas City) are averaging 10,354 (San Jose did play one game in Oakland).

6 comments on “Taking Attendance

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  2. I pulled Seattle’s attendance numbers out and the overall league attendance drops over 1,000 to 13,651. 2008’s league average was 16,460. There seems to be a lot of focus on Seattle’s big numbers, but that is obscuring the fact that numbers in many other markets have been paltry. Any thoughts as to why? Does MLS traditionally start slow and then pick up in attendance over the summer?

    I’ll be tracking per game USL I attendance at http://indianapolaso.blogspot.com/ is people are interested.

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  4. Glubber says:

    I assume the season record for median in MLS is Toronto with 20,000 or so. Is that right?

  5. Glubber says:

    FYI – Seattle is increasing capacity to 32,000 or so from June 28 on. By my math that means a 30,000 median in Seattle is possible, and maybe even likely.

  6. Glubber says:

    Sorry for triple posting – just wanted to add that I just realized last year’s Galaxy of course would have had a better median than Toronto.

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