MLS reported attendances down 6.5% after first 21 games of 2017 season

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Cold weather ruined attendances at most venues for gameweek 2 of the 2017 MLS season. So much so, in fact, that reported attendances are down 6.5% for the first 21 games of the 2017 MLS season compared to last season.

It was cold enough last weekend that New England rescheduled its match with Orlando to September. Minnesota had the added bonus of snow. I don’t know how many of the reported 35,000+ showed up, but there were many people there. Houston had rain, which I suspect kept the actual attendance lower. Montreal played indoors due to the extreme cold and had a good showing. There were decent turnouts at the rest of the matches, but you can see from the table below that the early reported gates are down for most clubs.

While the cold might be the cause of soft attendances, that’s no excuse for the LA Galaxy. With major changes in the roster, specifically the loss of Robbie Keane (arguably the best ever designated player signing to date) as well as Steven Gerrard and Landon Donovan, the LA fans may be waiting to see what they have. Losing the first two matches at home won’t help.

MLS gameweek 2 reported attendances:

Franchise Attendance
Chicago 13,024
Houston 16,486
Kansas City 19,117
Los Angeles 20,982
Minnesota 35,043
Montreal 34,373
NY Red Bull 19,375
NYCFC 24,259
Philadelphia 16,795
San Jose 18,000

MLS Attendance – Equal # of Home Games

MLS Attendance – Equal # of Home Games  
  2016 2017    
  Att Att Att +/- GP
Atlanta NA 55,297 NA 1
Minnesota NA 35,043 NA 1
Montreal 27,545 34,373 24.79% 1
Orlando 60,147 25,527 1
NYCFC 30,315 24,259 1
LA Galaxy 25,667 22,268 2
Portland 21,144 21,144 0.00% 1
Salt Lake 19,282 19,519 1.23% 1
Red Bulls 21,303 19,375 -9.05% 1
Sporting KC 20,178 19,117 -5.26% 1
Vancouver 22,120 19,083 1
Houston 21,598 18,622 2
D.C. United 15,334 18,268 19.13% 1
San Jose 18,000 18,000 0.00% 2
Philadelphia Union 17,027 16,795 -1.36% 1
Colorado 17,474 16,126 -7.71% 1
Columbus 17,015 15,023 1
Chicago 17,768 13,024 1

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