Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 11

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This week’s nine matches averaged just over 16,000. After 84 matches, the league is drawing 1,278 fewer per game than the first 84 games last year, a 7.9% decrease.

The weekly average was down from last year but can be understood as last years numbers included a special soccer doubleheader with FCD at the Revs and the national teams of Brazil and Venezuela; the doubleheader drew 54,045 to Gillette Stadium. Compared to a ‘normal’ crowd of 15,000, this year’s weekly average would be up by 1,000.

Unfortunately rainy weather kept the crowd in Columbus down to under 9,000, which wiped out the 14%+ increase the Crew were experiencing coming into this week’s play. The matchup of league leaders Chivas USA and Chicago drew a nice crowd of over 20,000 for the ESPN nationally televised game. Last year’s visit by Blanco was also played on a Thursday and drew over 24,000. New England, Los Angeles and Houston drew decent crowds, while San Jose and Seattle were both near capacity. The week closed out with a disappointing crowd for the Fire/Dallas match despite the terrific weather and no competing NBA or NHL playoff games. Chicago’s YTD dropoff is till over 30%.

After week 11 the numbers look like this…

  5 year comparison
  WK 11 84 GP YTD
  Avg +/- GP Avg +/- Avg +/- GP
 2005   12,352     6   14,270     14,642     71 
 2006   12,645   2.37%   7   14,967   4.88%   15,383   5.06%   67 
 2007   17,753   40.40%   7   15,020   0.36%   15,491   0.71%   72 
 2008   20,594   16.01%   7   16,159   7.59%   16,226   4.74%   77 
 2009   16,066   -21.99%   9   14,882   -7.91%   14,882   -8.28%   84 

Here are the attendance comparisons to 2008’s equal number of home games(84):

MLS Attendance Averages – Equal # of Home Games
  2008 2009  
  Att Cap Att Att +/- GP % of Cap Cap
 Seattle  0   0.00%   29,468   NA  6   92.09%   32,000 
 Toronto  20,091   91.42%   20,198   0.53%   7   91.90%   21,978 
 LA Galaxy  24,834   91.98%   19,228   -22.57%   6   71.21%   27,000 
 Houston  16,704   74.24%   15,641   -6.36%   6   69.51%   22,500 
 ChivasUSA  14,090   52.19%   15,625   10.89%   7   57.87%   27,000 
 D.C. United  18,772   83.43%   14,816   -21.07%   6   65.85%   22,500 
 Real Salt Lake  17,437   77.48%   14,629   -16.10%   5   73.12%   20,008 
 Colorado Rapids  14,540   80.40%   12,410   -14.65%   4   68.61%   18,086 
 Columbus Crew  12,383   54.90%   12,369   -0.12%   5   54.84%   22,555 
 NE Revolution  10,822   48.10%   11,594   7.13%   4   51.53%   22,500 
 Chicago  16,673   83.36%   11,422   -31.49%   5   57.11%   20,000 
 N.Y./N.J. Red Bulls  13,525   53.69%   10,966   -18.92%   7   43.54%   25,189 
 San Jose  16,483   72.70%   10,882   -33.98%   6   88.23%   10,300 
 KC Wizards  9,445   90.95%   9,431   -0.15%   5   90.81%   10,385 
 FC Dallas  14,170   69.12%   9,417   -33.54%   5   45.94%   20,500 

YTD – 84 Games
  Average Median %<10K %>20k
 2008    16,159     14,837    13.10%   26.19% 
 2009    14,882     14,248    16.67%   16.67% 
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