This week’s eight matches averaged just over 13,100. Last year’s week 12 included a visit by Beckham to San Jose. The game was at Oakland Alameda and drew over 39,800.
After 92 matches, the league is drawing 1,479 fewer per game than the first 92 games last year, a 9.1% decrease. On the up side, the average was 2,000 better than the corresponding week in 2005 which also had World Cup Qualifiers. I’ll have more on that in another post.
This part of the season is where, as Kartik mentioned when I first began posting attendance numbers, this year might be better compared to 2005, the last World Cup Qualifying year.
On Saturday, June 4 2005 US v Costa Rica drew 40,586 at Rice Eccles as part of a doubleheader with RSL v FC Dallas, boosting RSL’s(and MLS) numbers.
Remember that the week 12 to week 12 comparisons are not the same as the calendar date comparisons. Last year’s week 12 games occurred one week later than this year.and in 2005 it was around 2 weeks later.
The games began with the Red Bulls visiting DCU. A steady rain kept the crowd to a tad over 11,200. On Friday, Houston came to Chicago on the eve of the USMNT’s match vs Honduras in the same city and had a so-so gate under 13,300.
On Saturday, when the USMNT faced Honduras at Soldier Field in Chicago at 8PM ET, four matches were played. The Fire had hosted the Dynamo on Friday night. At 4PM, Toronto hosted LA with its usual sellout. Kansas City also sold out for the visit of the reigning champs Columbus. The Rapids, without Conor Casey were at Rio Tinto for the next installment of the Rocky Mountain Cup. This match began with 1/2 hour left in the USA match but the draw of a David Archuletta concert gave the Lakers a sellout.
Third place Seattle came calling to the HDC to meet west leaders Chivas USA. This match began with 1/2 hour left in the Mexico match(which Mexico lost) and it showed at the gate. They had been averaging over 15,600 but only drew a little over 13,100.
FC Dallas hosted San Jose in a matchup of the two last place teams in the west. 5,724. Need I say more? Sell the team. Move the team. Sign Pele to play 2 minutes a game. Do anything!
The week ended with the Revs hosting the Red Bulls in a rare Sunday evening game and drew just under 11,200.
After week 12 the numbers look like this…
|5 year comparison|
|WK 12||92 GP||YTD|
Here are the attendance comparisons to 2008’s equal number of home games(92):
|MLS Attendance Averages – Equal # of Home Games|
|Att||Cap||Att||Att +/-||GP||% of Cap||Cap|
|Real Salt Lake||16,419||76.25%||15,449||-5.91%||6||79.88%||19,340|
|N.Y./N.J. Red Bulls||13,525||53.69%||10,966||-18.92%||7||43.54%||25,189|