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Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 21

soccer balls Take Me Out to the Ballgame   Week 21

An abbreviated post due to my just returning from the road.

After week 21 the numbers look like this…

  5 year comparison
  WK 21 149 GP YTD
  Avg +/- GP Avg +/- Avg +/- GP
 2005   12,985     6   14,776     14,823     140 
 2006   14,771   13.76%   9   15,264   3.30%   15,424   4.05%   137 
 2007   17,381   17.67%   9   15,979   4.69%   15,996   3.71%   138 
 2008   15,625   -10.11%   7   16,557   3.62%   16,977   6.14%   139 
 2009   23,667   51.47%   6   15,745   -4.91%   15,745   -7.26%   149 


Here are the attendance comparisons to 2008′s equal number of home games(149):

MLS Attendance – 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 
 ChivasUSA  14,286   52.91%   16,211   13.48%   9   60.04%   27,000 
 Real Salt Lake  15,109   73.14%   16,137   6.81%   10   73.66%   19,340 
 Houston  16,324   72.55%   15,836   -2.99%   11   70.38%   22,500 
 San Jose  14,917   87.50%   15,692   5.20%   11   76.84%   10,300 
 D.C. United  20,133   89.48%   15,193   -24.53%   9   67.53%   22,500 
 NE Revolution  16,799   74.66%   14,592   -13.14%   9   64.85%   22,500 
 Columbus Crew  13,681   68.40%   13,114   -4.14%   10   65.57%   20,000 
 Chicago  17,092   85.46%   13,027   -23.78%   9   65.13%   20,000 
 Colorado Rapids  13,628   75.35%   12,771   -6.29%   11   70.61%   18,086 
 N.Y./N.J. Red Bulls  17,385   69.02%   12,702   -26.94%   9   50.43%   25,189 
 KC Wizards  9,596   92.40%   10,024   4.46%   9   96.52%   10,385 
 FC Dallas  14,072   68.64%   9,229   -34.42%   11   45.02%   20,500 


My disclaimer about the capacity calculations

Observations

Week 21 games drew 23,667 with the help of a strong turnout in Houston, the ‘Beckham’ effect in New England and a doubleheader in San Jose where Barcelona and Chivas de Guadalajara played the backend game after the Quakes/Crew match leading to San Jose’s YTD attendance being on the plus side.

Well, whaddaya know, Columbus is top of the table.

No draws this week.

Meanwhile the ‘Summer of Soccer’ rolls on with Barcelona and Seattle pulling in 66,848, TFC and Real Madrid selling out the 22,089 BMO seats and Real Madrid’s visit to DCU at RFK drawing 72,368 proving that great clubs and celebrity will bring fans to soccer matches in the US.

Beckham Road Game Effect
Without Beckham in ’09
  2008 2009 +/-
 Colorado  18,713   12,180   -6,533   -34.91% 
 FC Dallas  22,331   9,595   -12,736   -57.03% 
 RSL  25,571   16,155   -9,416   -36.82% 
 SJ(2)  59,043   32,990   -26,053   -44.12% 
         
 Total  125,658   70,920   -54,738   -43.56% 

Beckham Road Game Effect
With Beckham
  2008 2009 +/-
 RBNY  46,754   23,238   -23,516   -50.30% 
 KC  26,113   11,906   -14,207   -54.41% 
 NE  39,256   26,623   -12,633   -32.18% 
         
 Total  112,123   61,767   -50,356   -44.91% 


While the attendances of Beckham’s road games are down from last year, they’re still above the YTD averages in the cities he’s visited.

YTD – 149 Games
  Average Median %<10K %>20k
 2005    14,776     12,252    30.00%   14.67% 
 2006    15,264     13,016    22.15%   17.45% 
 2007    15,979     14,577    10.07%   22.82% 
 2008    16,557     15,257    11.41%   25.50% 
 2009    15,745     14,441    14.77%   18.79% 

Week 21 Games
 
FC Dallas 1 3rd Degree – Buzz Carrick
Houston 0 Soccer y Fútbol – Barnard Fallas
 
New England 1 Revolution Soccer
Los Angeles 2 LA – Official Blog
 
San Jose 0 San Jose Center Line Soccer
Columbus 3 Columbus Dispatch – Crew XTra
 
Real Salt Lake 1 RSL – Behind the Shield
Seattle 0 Seattle Times
 
Colorado 4 Undercurrent
Chivas USA 0 Chivas USA – MLSNet
 
Houston 3 Soccer y Fútbol – Barnard Fallas
Chicago 2 Chicago – En Fuego Official Blog





Streaking

  • Chivas USA has lost 3 straight on the road.
  • Columbus is unbeaten in 7.
  • FC Dallas has won 4 straight at home.
  • Neither DCU nor Seattle have won on the road in 8 matches.
  • LA is unbeaten in 6.
  • RBNY hasn’t won in 12.
  • San Jose and RBNY are winless on the road.


    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.

    Regarding Kartik’s post, MLS: Taking the Good With the Bad, and his statement that “fans have also made MLS a better supported league in its stadiums than two of the top three leagues in the world”, I present this European data from the regular season attendance reports.

     League 08-09
     Bundesliga  42,521 
     EPL  35,594 
     La Liga  27,672 
     Serie A  24,462 
     Ligue 1  20,549 
     MLS*  15,724 
     SPL  15,537 
    * 2009 YTD
  • 7 Responses to Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 21

    1. Derek says:

      Just look at that attendance, KC and Dallas LAST, and you have to go all the way up to NE to find numbers substantially better than the Fusion drew. WTF are you doing in KC and Dallas MLS? COME BACK TO SOUTH FLORIDA!!

      • Lars says:

        KC is selling out practically every game. They need a new stadium. Dallas is a problem because the ownership is dumb, the team sucks and the stadium is out in the boonies.

    2. Peter C says:

      Derek:
      I certainly see your point about Dallas and there has been much written about the atrocious attendance. As one of the teams that Forbes listed as having made a profit in ’07, will be interesting to see what impact their precipitous decline in gate receipts will mean.

      As for KC, they are playing in Community America Ballpark, capacity 10,385 until their new stadium is completed. A bit unfair to point to them as candidate for relocation until we see how they draw in their new digs.
      But as you can see below, they will need to do better once they move as their history of attendance has not been good. Only twice, ’03 and ’04, have they drawn over 14,500.

      As for South Florida, I can’t say that the Fusion or FC Miami(USL-1) have shown that they can draw well enough to entice an investor.

      Miami KC
      98 10,284 8,073
      99 8,689 11,952
      00 7,460 9,112
      01 11,177 10,954

    3. Rob says:

      Peter covered whatever I was going to say about Kansas City, but I will add that their supporters section is a fairly large one and they always provide a great atmosphere.

      As for Dallas, where to begin… We could talk about the problems for a significant amount of time, but I think it is to no avail in the near future because of Pizza Hut Park. According to the FC Dallas Wiki page, their all time average attendance (not including this year) is 11,535, and with the clubs management so successful in getting Pizza Hut Park built back in ’04, FC Dallas is here to stay for the time being. It would have been a smarter move for MLS to move Dallas to Houston back in the day, but like I said ground was already broken on PHP in February of ’04.

      The “If we build it, they will come” hope that came along with Pizza Hut Park has not worked out thus far, and it is a shame really.

    4. Adam Edg says:

      It is a shame about PHP though. It is a great facility. But as Lars said, it is in the boonies. It is on the NE side of the Dallas metro while everything else is in the western areas of the metro. Still, Dallas will not be moving because 1. PHP 2. Dallas is a major sports market 3. Dallas is a major TV market

    5. soccer goals says:

      I agree FC Dallas has no clue how to market their team.

    6. Luis says:

      Simple conclusion to MLS attendance, split the season in two!! The only reason why the attendance goes down is because the season is too long. If the season is split in two the games in the second half of the season won’t be as empty!! And bring San Jose team to Miami, why do they get a second chance AT MLS!!! And we don’t. We have a stadium ready, and if not we can build one in downtown where the old miami arena is at!!!

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