MLS attendance report: August 2009

An abbreviated post due to my being on the road.

After week 20 the numbers look like this…

 5 year comparison
 WK 20143 GPYTD
 Avg+/-GPAvg+/-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
 20082009 
 AttCapAttAtt +/-GPCapCap
 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
 AverageMedian%<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
 
Toronto1TFC Connected
New England1Revolution Soccer
 
Houston4Soccer y Fútbol – Barnard Fallas
DC United3DCU – Steve Goff – Soccer Insider
 
FC Dallas63rd Degree – Buzz Carrick
Kansas City0Kansas City – Hillcrest Road
 
Chicago1Chicago – En Fuego Official Blog
Real Salt Lake0RSL – Behind the Shield
 
Colorado0Colorado – Undercurrent
Columbus1Columbus Dispatch – Crew XTra
 
San Jose4San Jose Center Line Soccer
Seattle0Seattle Times




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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.

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