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Taking Attendance, 5/2/2011

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Thanks to those of you who pointed out some typos and transpositions in last week’s tables. Here’s the latest offering, through games of yesterday:

THE MLS G Total Avg. Median High Low
Seattle 4 145,147 36,287 36,255 36,433 36,204
Los Angeles 3 75,717 25,239 24,998 27,000 23,719
DC United 3 62,806 20,935 18,132 26,622 18,052
Vancouver 5 104,315 20,863 20,809 22,592 19,396
Toronto 5 97,965 19,593 20,086 22,453 16,313
Portland 3 55,881 18,627 18,627 18,627 18,627
Salt Lake 2 36,020 18,010 18,010 20,507 15,513
Philadelphia 4 71,046 17,762 18,435 19,027 15,149
New York 4 69,590 17,398 17,472 20,982 13,664
Houston 4 67,185 16,796 17,281 20,577 12,047
Dallas 4 65,295 16,324 16,203 21,867 11,022
Chivas USA 4 58,592 14,648 13,722 18,122 13,027
Chicago 3 42,833 14,278 12,473 18,203 12,157
Colorado 4 52,970 13,243 12,987 17,139 9,857
Columbus 4 43,848 10,962 10,802 14,549 7,695
San Jose 4 40,254 10,064 10,401 10,525 8,928
New England 4 39,412 9,853 9,692 12,914 7,114
Kansas City 0 0 0 0 0 0
MLS TOTAL 64 1,128,876 17,639 18,127 36,433 7,114
 
NASL G Total Avg. Median High Low
Montreal 1 12,060 12,060 12,060 12,060 12,060
Ft. Lauderdale 2 10,844 5,422 5,422 6,402 4,442
Tampa Bay 3 10,095 3,365 3,021 4,161 2,913
Atlanta 3 9,931 3,310 3,227 3,543 3,161
Puerto Rico 2 5,374 2,687 2,687 2,692 2,682
Edmonton 1 2,631 2,631 2,631 2,631 2,631
Carolina 3 4,416 1,472 1,219 2,016 1,181
Minnesota 1 1,431 1,431 1,431 1,431 1,431
NASL TOTAL 16 56,782 3,549 2,967 12,060 1,181
 
USL-Pro G Total Avg. Median High Low
Orlando 2 15,212 7,606 7,606 7,933 7,279
Antigua *1 6,000 6,000 6,000 6,000 6,000
Charleston 2 8,162 4,081 4,081 4,083 4,079
Wilmington 2 4,908 2,454 2,454 2,984 1,924
New York 1 2,011 2,011 2,011 2,011 2,011
Richmond 4 6,917 1,729 1,742 2,049 1,385
Pittsburgh 1 1,004 1,004 1,004 1,004 1,004
Charlotte 3 2,868 956 938 1,076 854
Dayton 3 2,269 756 625 1,044 600
Los Angeles 1 696 696 696 696 696
River Plate PR 3 570 190 128 315 127
Puerto Rico Utd *2 210 105 105 105 105
Sevilla FC PR #0 0 0 0 0 0
Harrisburg 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rochester 0 0 0 0 0 0
USL PRO TOTALS 25 50,827 2,033 1,076 7,933 105
*Missing two games
#Missing one game
 
WPS G Total Avg. Median High Low
Atlanta 3 10,457 3,486 3,380 4,002 3,075
Boston 2 6,947 3,474 3,474 4,158 2,789
Sky Blue FC 1 2,910 2,910 2,910 2,910 2,910
Western NY 1 2,164 2,164 2,164 2,164 2,164
magicJack 2 2,232 1,116 1,116 1,224 1,008
Philadelphia 0 0 0 0 0 0
WPS TOTAL 9 24,710 2,746 2,910 4,158 1,008

NOTES:

  • Now every team in the NASL has had at least one home game. The real surprise is Ft. Lauderdale, where, if they can keep up the type of boost their rebranding has apparently played a part in, they might be the flagship franchise. The others are about what you’d expect. Montreal is going to lead the league. I don’t know why people are crowing about Atlanta drawing at least 3k to their first three games – that’s better than Atlanta got before their hiatus, but it’s still below the historical average for Division II (3,434 from 1994-2010). And the Silverbacks are being outdrawn by the WPS team that plays 27 miles away. Edmonton drew 2,631 to their home league opener at 3,500-seat Foote Field, but their 5-0 defeat won’t help them sell tickets going forward. And Tampa Bay’s average attendance is off 41 percent from a year ago when they were playing on the other side of the Bay. Which is odd, because I was assured they’d be huge in St. Petersburg and sell out every game.
  • Speaking of the NASL, now that every team has had a home game, we can look at something I’m trying out: projecting the league attendance based on the number of remaining home games for each club and their projected totals. Basically, it asks the question, “if every team in the league keeps its current average for the remainder of its home games, what would the league attendance be?” As different teams have different numbers of games left at any given point in the season, it’s a way to look at where we are and how outlier teams like Montreal can impact the sample. The NASL projects out to a total of 397,474, an average of 3,312. Which would be the lowest for a DII league since 2002. I’ll keep an eye on this as the season goes along and project for the other leagues once everybody has a home game.
  • Despite what you might have heard somewhere, D3 numbers aren’t particularly harder to come by this year than in previous years. The only missing games are from the Caribbean teams, which comes as no surprise to anyone who understands that, infrastructurally, those teams are going to be behind the times. Charleston continues to draw well (4,079 this weekend), showing there are places where the level of play is less important than just having an established team. FC New York, which many (including me) doubted would ever play a game, announced 2,011 (could have been a deliberately made-up number) for its home opener. Wilmington drew 2,984 for its second home game. And Los Angeles drew 696 for its home debut. Obviously, that’s a tough market.
  • WPS had a rough weekend, with the new Western New York Flash drawing just 2,164 for its home inaugural in Rochester. It’s time for us now to admit that Marta, as great as she is, does not resonate. She does not sell tickets. It’s not happening. And magicJack drew just 1,008 (The Sun-Sentinel’s Jeff Rusnak said the actual crowd was about half that, right after he was denied the opportunity to interview players and coaches). More on magicJack later, but that’s not a good sign. At all.
  • MLS passed the one million mark in attendance for the season as of the Columbus game Saturday (which drew just 11,298 to Crew Stadium – Massive Club, right?) and is averaging 17,639. Final numbers for April show an average of 16,858 – down quite a bit from March’s 19,225. Still, the league is going to draw over four million when all is said and done.
  • Dallas announced a season-high 21,867 for its rain-interrupted match against the Galaxy last night. It’s the Hoops’ second announced crowd over 20k for the season, and in neither case did they have anything like 20k in the building.
  • And here’s an interesting note from the PDL, which began its season with two games this past weekend (not enough to do a chart on): the Fresno Fuego, which has been near the top of the PDL attendance standings in recent years, will charge no admission price for its tickets this season. A sponsor is picking up the cost, meaning the club is getting something out of the deal. You used to see this done on an occasional basis throughout a minor-league baseball season, but I’ve never heard of a team doing it for an entire season (though it’s only eight games). The Fuego announced a crowd of 7,853 for a 0-0 draw against LA Blues 23. Overall, I’m not a fan of this strategy, because sponsors come and go. People who care about your team should care enough to pay to watch it play. I think they’re conditioning their market to pay nothing for their tickets. We’ll see how it plays out.

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