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Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 19

Posted on by Peter C

gc final score1 Take Me Out to the Ballgame   Week 19

An abbreviated post due to my being on the road.

After week 19 the numbers look like this…

  5 year comparison
  WK 15 137 GP YTD
  Avg +/- GP Avg +/- Avg +/- GP
 2005   13,291     6   14,799     14,506     124 
 2006   92,650   597.11%   1   15,564   5.17%   15,194   4.74%   121 
 2007   25,407   -72.58%   5   15,966   2.58%   15,449   1.68%   122 
 2008   18,584   -26.85%   6   16,524   3.50%   17,147   10.99%   128 
 2009   16,846   -9.35%   7   15,559   -5.84%   15,559   -9.26%   137 


Here are the attendance comparisons to 2008′s equal number of home games(137):

MLS Attendance Averages – Equal # of Home Games
  2008 2009  
  Att Cap Att Att +/- GP Cap Cap
 Seattle  0   0.00%   30,204   NA  11   94.39%   32,000 
 Toronto  20,173   91.79%   20,278   0.52%   11   92.26%   21,978 
 LA Galaxy  25,348   93.88%   19,292   -23.89%   9   71.45%   27,000 
 Real Salt Lake  15,412   74.09%   16,353   6.11%   9   73.69%   19,340 
 ChivasUSA  14,286   52.91%   16,211   13.48%   9   60.04%   27,000 
 Houston  16,234   72.15%   15,632   -3.71%   9   69.48%   22,500 
 D.C. United  20,133   89.48%   15,193   -24.53%   9   67.53%   22,500 
 NE Revolution  16,584   73.71%   13,242   -20.15%   7   58.85%   22,500 
 Columbus Crew  13,681   68.40%   13,114   -4.14%   10   65.57%   20,000 
 Colorado Rapids  14,171   78.36%   12,918   -8.85%   9   71.42%   18,086 
 Chicago  16,667   83.34%   12,839   -22.97%   8   64.19%   20,000 
 N.Y./N.J. Red Bulls  17,385   69.02%   12,702   -26.94%   9   50.43%   25,189 
 San Jose  15,986   86.19%   11,236   -29.71%   9   49.56%   10,300 
 KC Wizards  9,596   92.40%   10,024   4.46%   9   96.52%   10,385 
 FC Dallas  13,687   66.76%   9,306   -32.01%   9   45.40%   20,500 


My disclaimer about the capacity calculations

Observations

Week 19 opened on Friday with RSL moving up to 4th in average attendance on the strength of a big crowd for FCD’s visit. The other six matches were on Saturday. Seattle filled the house again as they played the league’s best road team, Chicago to a draw. Columbus claimed the Trillium Cup against TFC. Houston drew a soft crowd as they lost their first home match this season against ’06 and ’07 MLS Cup opponents New England. KC played to capacity for Beck’s visit, although unlike the previous 2 seasons, the match was at Community America Ballpark as opposed to Arrowhead stadium. The Rockies has a nice turnout of over 16,800. Finally San Jose did not sell out for its match vs DC United. All told, a decent week averaging over 16,800.

Seattle filled the house, over 65,000, to see its friendly vs Chelsea FC.

YTD – 137 Games
  Average Median %<10K %>20k
 2005    14,799     12,101    30.66%   15.33% 
 2006    15,564     13,056    21.17%   18.25% 
 2007    15,966     14,351    10.22%   23.36% 
 2008    16,524     15,276    11.68%   25.55% 
 2009    15,559     14,516    14.60%   18.98% 

Week 19 Games
 
Real Salt Lake 4 RSL – Behind the Shield
FC Dallas 2 3rd Degree – Buzz Carrick
 
Seattle 0 Seattle Times
Chicago 0 Chicago – En Fuego Official Blog
 
Columbus 3 Columbus Dispatch – Crew XTra
Toronto 2 TFC Connected
 
Kansas City 1 Kansas City – Hillcrest Road
Los Angeles 1 LA – Official Blog
 
Houston 0 Soccer y Fútbol – Barnard Fallas
New England 1 Revolution Soccer
 
RBNY 0 Red Bulls Reader
Colorado 4 Colorado – Undercurrent
 
San Jose 2 San Jose Center Line Soccer
DC United 2 DCU – Steve Goff – Soccer Insider




Gold Cup and MLS

Players, League Games Missed Due to Gold Cup Semifinal and Final Matches
  Players Opponent
     16-Jul  18-Jul  25-Jul
 Chicago Fire   Busch, Pause. Segares(CRC)    SJ  SEA
 Chivas USA   Bornstein*, Kljestan*
 Harmse(CAN)**
   NE  
 Colorado Rapids   Clark, Perkins, Casey*
 Ceus(HAI)**
   DCU  RBNY
 Columbus Crew   Rogers, Marshall    RSL  TFC
 DC United   Quaranta, Jakovic(CAN)**    Colorado  SJ
 FC Dallas   Cooper      RSL
 Houston Dynamo   Ching, Holden, Hainault(CAN)**    TFC  NE
 Kansas City Wizards   Arnaud, Conrad      LA
 Los Angeles Galaxy   NONE  RBNY    KC
 New England Revolution   Heaps    Chivas USA  HOU
 RBNY   NONE  LA    NE
 Real Salt Lake   Beckerman, Johnson(CAN)**
 Alexandre(HAI)**
   Columbus  FCD
 San Jose Earthquakes   NONE    Chicago  DCU
 Seattle Sounders FC   Evans      Chicago
 Toronto FC   Cronin, Gerba(CAN)**    HOU  CLB


* – Added when CONCACAF allowed the US to add 7 to the roster due to its participation in the Confederations Cup. With Adu, Davies, Cherundolo, Feilhaber and Parkhurst returning to their clubs in Europe, more MLS’ers will be on the field for the USMNT.

** – xxx eliminated before final.

If I’ve missed anyone, hopefully our readers will let me know in the comment section.

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Just Some Stuff

The finalists for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup are DC United and Seattle. DCU looks to defend its crown while the Sounders are looking for their first hardware as an MLS club.

6 Responses to Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 19

  1. FCShambles says:

    I think one of the reasons attendance is down in many places is because of the cost of tickets. Even in Houston, where we are blessed with a good team, the cheapest non-season ticket is $20 per person. So, a family of 4, with parking, and no concessions (not realistic, I know) is looking at spending $90 just to get in the door. I know that the clubs need to make money, and it’s a catch-22, but there has to be a way to make this equation work out.

  2. Joe in Indianapolis says:

    Are you kidding me? $20 is amazing compared to any other professional sporting event in the States. It is expensive only compared to little league. Taking your whole family to see an NFL game would cost you hundreds, especially if you want half decent seats. Maybe you just just stay home and watch on tv?

  3. chad says:

    Yeah, $20 is fantastic! I would pay more honestly. Players make peanuts, play like they love the game ( usually ). Come on. Good product.

  4. Adam Edg says:

    It would be interesting to see a breakdown of USL-1, USL-2, & PDL attendances this season too. $20 is a relatively cheap ticket price, especially compared to MLB. Last time I was in Houston we planned to see the Astros, but the tickets were nuts $22 for mediocre 300 level seats & $39+ for decent seats this year. $20 for soccer at Robertson is a good deal; not really a bad seat in the house.

  5. Christopher Mandzi says:

    Regarding ticket prices: 20 bucks is too much for the talent on the field. When you pay 20 bucks to go to a MLB game, you are seeing the best baseball players. For the same price, you are not coming close to that talent level in MLS. Here is a league that is paying the players minimum, but ticket prices are comparable to other sports, where top talent is on display. The Galaxy are charging $20 and $15 to park. So, if they pack in 15,000 fans, they actually sold 20,000 tickets when you account for parking prices. Management is simply extracting as much as possible from each customer, which, in theory, is fine. But, when you compare prices from tickets to parking, MLS fans are being ripped off, talent-wise.

  6. soccer goals says:

    I would say $20 is a little high, considering parking and concessions.

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