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MLS attendance report: Aug. 16, 2009

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After week 22 the numbers look like this…

5 year comparison
WK 22155 GPYTD
Avg+/-GPAvg+/-Avg+/-GP
 2005 15,573 4 14,897 14,844 144
 2006 13,932 -10.54% 6 15,263 2.46% 15,361 3.48% 143
 2007 16,209 16.34% 6 16,022 4.97% 16,005 4.19% 144
 2008 15,294 -5.64% 9 16,423 2.50% 16,875 5.44% 148
 2009 16,236 6.16% 6 15,764 -4.02% 15,764 -6.58% 155

Here are the attendance comparisons to 2008’s equal number of home games(155):

MLS Attendance – Equal # of Home Games
20082009
AttCapAttAtt +/-GPCapCap
 Seattle 0 0.00% 30,204 NA 11 94.39% 32,000
 Toronto 20,147 91.67% 20,308 0.80% 12 92.40% 21,978
 LA Galaxy 25,513 94.49% 19,379 -24.04%  10 71.78% 27,000
 Real Salt Lake 14,855 72.34% 16,213 9.14% 11 74.80% 19,340
 ChivasUSA 14,286 52.91% 16,211 13.48% 9 60.04% 27,000
 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 13,569 67.84% 13,660 0.67% 11 68.30% 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 16,759 66.53% 12,487 -25.49%  10 49.57% 25,189
 KC Wizards 9,619 92.62% 10,019 4.16% 10 96.47% 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 22 games drew a very respectable 16,236, over 6% higher than the corresponding period last year. Columbus’ top crowd of the year were treated to the Crew remaining undefeated at home. RBNY, not unexpectedly, drew under 10,600 as they lost again to visiting Chivas USA. The surprise to me was the 20,162 at the Home Depot Center. With Becks, Donovan and Ljungberg on the pregame menu, I would have expected a near sellout.

This weekend marked the first MLS home game for the Galaxy with Beckham in the squad. Becks proceeded to get red carded in the 17th minute. 5 minutes later Seattle ended their scoring drought of over 330 minutes. Good thing this wasn’t the national TV game with Ljungberg and Donovan on the bench(until the 2nd half) and Becks carded so early.

Last week I posted the Beckham ‘away game’ effect. With one game played at home in 2009, here is the statistically irrelevant ‘home game’ effect table.

Beckham Home Game Effect
WithWithout(9)With(1)
20082009+/-+/-
 Att 228,132 173,632 -54,500-23.89% 20,162N/A-20.46%
 Avg 25,348 19,292 -6,056 20,162 -5,186

YTD – 155 Games
AverageMedian%<10K%>20k
 2005   14,897  12,311 30.13% 16.03%
 2006   15,263  13,056 21.29% 16.77%
 2007   16,022  14,640 9.68% 23.23%
 2008   16,423  15,118 11.61% 25.16%
 2009   15,764  14,516 14.84% 19.35%
Week 22 Games
 
Toronto2TFC Connected
DC United0DCU – Steve Goff – Soccer Insider
 
RBNY0Red Bulls Reader
Chivas USA2Chivas USA – MLSNet
 
Columbus2Columbus Dispatch – Crew XTra
FC Dallas03rd Degree – Buzz Carrick
 
Real Salt Lake0RSL – Behind the Shield
Houston0Soccer y Fútbol – Barnard Fallas
 
Los Angeles0LA – Official Blog
Seattle2Seattle Times
 
Kansas City0Kansas City – Hillcrest Road
Chicago2Chicago – En Fuego Official Blog

Week 22 Weird Factoid

Every game ended with a clean sheet. One game, RSL/Houston, was a double clean sheet match.

Streaking

  • Columbus is unbeaten in 8.
  • FC Dallas has won 4 straight at home.
  • DCU has not won on the road(9 matches).
  • KC has no wins in its last 5.
  • RBNY hasn’t won in 13.
  • San Jose and RBNY are winless on the road.Just Some Stuff

    The CONCACAF Champions League group phase begins this week. DC United, Houston and Columbus will be representing MLS in the regional club championship. RBNY and Toronto FC were eliminated in the preliminaries.

    CONCACAF Champions League
    Aug 18-19Aug 26
    Group Game 1Group Game 2
    DCU and Columbus play Aug 18, 26
    Houston plays Aug 19, 26

    =====

    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.

    Just because I liked it… an article about a fan experience at an MLS match.

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7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Derek

    August 17, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Hey what a surprise, Dallas still sucks and Miami still doesn’t have a team! Great job MLS!

  2. Lars

    August 17, 2009 at 11:44 am

    EPLNFL, it’s not that hard. If you could get this year’s attendances and average tv ratings for MLB for me, I can do a comparison with probably the past two decades, and then we could get Peter to do what he always does. The Football numbers.

    • eplnfl

      August 17, 2009 at 8:16 pm

      Thank you Lars

      • Lars

        August 17, 2009 at 10:26 pm

        No problem. I have the number for attendances at least up to 2005. I need to check to see if the 06, 07, 08 attendances are up yet for MLB.

        Alternatively we could look at NHL or NFL, and perhaps EPL. Haven’t used the database in a while…

        • Lars

          August 17, 2009 at 10:39 pm

          Got it from 2008 back, along with revenues, expenses, player salaries, value of teams, ticket prices and tv revenue to name half of them.

  3. Rex

    August 17, 2009 at 10:57 am

    Wow, I thought Seattle/Galaxy would be a must see. Very surprising.
    The game has every reason to be a sellout. Beckham, Donovan and Ljungberg. LA surging in the west. I figured the Galaxy fans would wanna show Seattle that they have an atmosphere of their own.
    Heck, I really wanted to see the match and I don’t like either team.

  4. eplnfl

    August 16, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    Very respectable numbers for MLS given that the EPL kicked off this week and NFL football(pre-season) started up again. Both are strong on American TV screens. Also, a lot of fans maybe a bit worn out after a big match this week with the US v. Mexico taking up headlines. The conclusion I think is that the more soccer available to American’s the better for MLS.

    It would be interesting to determine in this summer of soccer if MLB has been hurt by all the attention to the pitch by Americans the last few weeks. MLB is a after thought for me know.

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