Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 15

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After week 15 the numbers look like this…

  5 year comparison
  WK 15 112 GP YTD
  Avg +/- GP Avg +/- Avg +/- GP
 2005   19,065     8   14,710     14,274     101 
 2006   15,853   -16.85%   12   14,821   0.75%   14,721   3.13%   100 
 2007   14,650   -7.59%   6   14,907   0.58%   15,143   2.87%   103 
 2008   18,529   26.48%   6   16,357   9.73%   16,991   12.20%   106 
 2009   19,285   4.08%   6   15,189   -7.14%   15,189   -10.60%   112 


Here are the attendance comparisons to 2008’s equal number of home games(112):

MLS Attendance Averages – Equal # of Home Games
  2008 2009
  Att Cap Att Att +/- GP % of Cap Cap
 Seattle  0   0.00%   29,715   NA  9   92.86%   32,000 
 Toronto  20,144   91.66%   20,288   0.71%   10   92.31%   21,978 
 LA Galaxy  25,142   93.12%   19,128   -23.92%   8   70.84%   27,000 
 Real Salt Lake  15,549   73.28%   15,840   1.87%   7   68.84%   19,340 
 Houston  16,566   73.63%   15,689   -5.29%   8   69.73%   22,500 
 ChivasUSA  14,376   53.25%   15,312   6.51%   8   56.71%   27,000 
 D.C. United  20,817   92.52%   14,811   -28.85%   8   65.83%   22,500 
 Columbus Crew  12,268   54.39%   12,868   4.89%   7   57.05%   22,555 
 Colorado Rapids  14,150   78.24%   11,940   -15.62%   6   66.02%   18,086 
 San Jose  15,420   73.77%   11,774   -23.64%   7   44.93%   10,300 
 Chicago  16,440   82.20%   11,726   -28.67%   6   58.63%   20,000 
 NE Revolution  10,289   45.73%   11,511   11.88%   5   51.16%   22,500 
 N.Y./N.J. Red Bulls  17,679   70.18%   11,385   -35.60%   8   45.20%   25,189 
 KC Wizards  9,483   91.32%   9,703   2.32%   7   93.44%   10,385 
 FC Dallas  13,862   67.62%   8,679   -37.39%   8   42.33%   20,500 



My disclaimer about the capacity calculations

For my calculations, I’ve taken the 4 teams playing in football stadiums, DCU in RFK, Houston in Robertson, New England in Foxboro, and RBNY in the Meadowlands and assigned maximum capacities as follows, DCU-22,500, Houston-22,500, New England-22,500 and RBNY-25189(the posted capacity of Red Bull Arena). I took the 22,500 from an approximate average of the soccer specific stadiums in use. Capacities have also been adjusted for the few games that were moved to larger venues, such as San Jose playing twice in Oakland Alameda Colliseum for 2 of it’s 7 matches in ‘08 and three times in ’09.
I’m now using 32,000 for Seattle’s capacity. Thier previous announced cap was 27,000. Since they haven’t drawn less than 28,000, I’ve recalculated all of the Sounders’ games to the new number.

Observations

Good crowds attended this week’s six matches. A big week for average attendance. The league averaged just under 19,300. A great week that could have been better(Colorado).

The week began with RBNY visiting BMO Field and its 20,000+ fans. The Rapids hosted FC Dallas before a modest 10,500+. Columbus continues to draw well, with over 15,500 watching a rematch of MLS Cup ’08. A terrific crowd of over 18,000 came to Rio Tinto to witness the Laker’s victory. Seattle exceeded thier new ‘official capacity’ of 32,000 as 32,526 saw the Rapids try to overtake Seattle in the west. Just under 18,000 showed up in LA to see the Gals end Houston’s 11 game undefeated streak.

Six of last year’s 14 clubs are now ahead of ’08 attendance, but only one by double digits. However 6 other clubs are each down over 22% from last year. Maybe MLS can catch some spillover joy from the USMNT. Jason Davis put it quite well.

YTD – 112 Games
  Average Median %<10K %>20k
 2005    14,710     12,106    30.36%   16.96% 
 2006    14,821     13,064    22.32%   16.96% 
 2007    14,907     14,130    11.61%   20.54% 
 2008    16,357     15,274    11.61%   25.00% 
 2009    15,189     14,377    15.18%   16.96% 

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