Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 10

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This week’s seven matches averaged just under 13,800, slightly up from last year’s week 10 average. It was good to see an increase, albeit a small one, with Seattle on the road.
After 75 matches, exactly the 1/3 mark of the season, the league is drawing 1,128 fewer per game than the first 75 games last year, a 7.1% decrease. Not too bad considering the overall economic environment.

TFC were home and rewarded its usual packed house with a victory over east rivals New England. KC greeted league toppers Chivas USA with a full house. Any thoughts that Houston’s(the old San Jose) fans view the San Jose visit as part of a ‘special’ matchup were put to bed as the Dynamo had their lowest crowd of the year. Last year’s visit by the Earthquakes barely caused a rumble, it was Houston’s 2nd lowest gate for 2008. On the other hand, the Rapids enjoyed their largest crowd of the year for Seattle’s visit, filling Dick’s Sporting Goods Park to over 90% capacity. FCD drew a bit better, but still under 10,000 for its encounter with the Galaxy. Showers may(or may not) have kept the numbers down, but last year’s match with the Gals drew over 22,000. Finally in the Meadowlands… well, maybe if Chicago resurrected Al Capone and announced a search for Jimmy Hoffa, a bigger turnout might have resulted; 10,762 came out to see the eastern frontrunner and undefeated Fire. I won’t believe they stayed home to watch the Indy 500.

After Week 10 the numbers look like this…

 5 year comparison
 WK 1075 GPYTD
 Avg+/-GPAvg+/-Avg+/-GP
 2005  22,482   7  14,547   14,853   65 
 2006  12,000  -46.62%  8  15,258  4.89%  15,615  5.13%  60 
 2007  16,317  35.97%  6  15,214  -0.28%  15,248  -2.35%  65 
 2008  13,498  -17.28%  7  15,868  4.30%  15,789  3.55%  70 
 2009  13,779  2.09%  7  14,740  -7.11%  14,740  -6.65%  75 

Here are the attendance comparisons to 2008’s equal number of home games(75):

MLS Attendance Averages – Equal # of Home Games
 20082009 
 AttCapAttAtt +/-GPCapCap
 Seattle 0  0.00%  29,536  NA 5  98.45%  30,000 
 Toronto 20,091  91.42%  20,198  0.53%  7  91.90%  21,978 
 LA Galaxy 24,965  92.46%  19,139  -23.34%  5  70.88%  27,000 
 Houston 17,113  76.06%  15,561  -9.07%  5  69.16%  22,500 
 ChivasUSA 12,415  45.98%  14,833  19.48%  6  54.94%  27,000 
 D.C. United 18,772  83.43%  14,816  -21.07%  6  65.85%  22,500 
 Real Salt Lake 17,437  77.48%  14,629  -16.10%  5  73.12%  20,008 
 Columbus Crew 11,574  51.31%  13,263  14.59%  4  58.80%  22,555 
 Colorado Rapids 14,540  80.40%  12,410  -14.65%  4  68.61%  18,086 
 San Jose 17,958  71.41%  11,028  -38.59%  5  86.56%  10,300 
 Chicago 16,027  80.14%  10,998  -31.38%  4  54.99%  20,000 
 N.Y./N.J. Red Bulls 13,042  51.77%  10,787  -17.28%  6  42.83%  25,189 
 NE Revolution 10,094  44.86%  10,368  2.71%  3  46.08%  22,500 
 KC Wizards 9,445  90.95%  9,431  -0.15%  5  90.81%  10,385 
 FC Dallas 14,170  69.12%  9,417  -33.54%  5  45.94%  20,500 
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