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Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 20

Posted on by Peter C

soccer balls Take Me Out to the Ballgame   Week 20

An abbreviated post due to my being on the road.

After week 20 the numbers look like this…

  5 year comparison
  WK 20 143 GP YTD
  Avg +/- GP Avg +/- Avg +/- GP
 2005   21,232     10   14,849     14,905     134 
 2006   17,497   -17.59%   7   15,496   4.36%   15,449   3.65%   128 
 2007   23,740   35.68%   7   15,942   2.88%   15,899   2.91%   129 
 2008   13,907   -41.42%   4   16,542   3.76%   17,049   7.23%   132 
 2009   12,055   -13.32%   6   15,412   -6.83%   15,412   -9.60%   143 



Here are the attendance comparisons to 2008′s equal number of home games(143):

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  15,701   69.78%   15,538   -1.04%   10   69.06%   22,500 
 D.C. United  20,133   89.48%   15,193   -24.53%   9   67.53%   22,500 
 Columbus Crew  13,681   68.40%   13,114   -4.14%   10   65.57%   20,000 
 NE Revolution  16,494   73.31%   13,088   -20.65%   8   58.17%   22,500 
 Chicago  17,092   85.46%   13,027   -23.78%   9   65.13%   20,000 
 Colorado Rapids  13,930   77.02%   12,711   -8.75%   10   70.28%   18,086 
 N.Y./N.J. Red Bulls  17,385   69.02%   12,702   -26.94%   9   50.43%   25,189 
 San Jose  15,396   86.87%   11,104   -27.88%   10   51.80%   10,300 
 KC Wizards  9,596   92.40%   10,024   4.46%   9   96.52%   10,385 
 FC Dallas  14,420   70.34%   9,407   -34.76%   10   45.89%   20,500 


My disclaimer about the capacity calculations

Observations

Week 20 games drew a relatively weak attendance average of 12,055, down from last year’s 13,907 for four games. Colorado and Dallas drew modest numbers of 10,851 and 10,317, although Dallas’ numbers were up over its pathetic season average of around 9,400.

Meanwhile FC Barcelona and the Galaxy sold out the 93,137 seats in the Rose Bowl as the ‘Summer of Soccer’ rolls on, proving that a great club and celebrity will bring fans to soccer matches in the US.

YTD – 143 Games
  Average Median %<10K %>20k
 2005    14,849     12,199    30.07%   15.38% 
 2006    15,496     13,056    20.98%   18.18% 
 2007    15,942     14,351    9.79%   23.08% 
 2008    16,542     15,276    11.19%   25.87% 
 2009    15,412     14,441    14.69%   18.18% 

Week 19 Games
 
Toronto 1 TFC Connected
New England 1 Revolution Soccer
 
Houston 4 Soccer y Fútbol – Barnard Fallas
DC United 3 DCU – Steve Goff – Soccer Insider
 
FC Dallas 6 3rd Degree – Buzz Carrick
Kansas City 0 Kansas City – Hillcrest Road
 
Chicago 1 Chicago – En Fuego Official Blog
Real Salt Lake 0 RSL – Behind the Shield
 
Colorado 0 Colorado – Undercurrent
Columbus 1 Columbus Dispatch – Crew XTra
 
San Jose 4 San Jose Center Line Soccer
Seattle 0 Seattle Times




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. The final is on September 2 at RFK stadium in DC.