Author: Peter C

2018 MLS average attendance down compared to 2017 season

MLS average attendance during the 2018 regular season dropped 1.09% compared to last year. Despite LAFC selling out many of their games during their debut season, the addition of the new team to MLS didn’t have an impact on the league’s attendance because the stadium’s capacity is much smaller (22,000) compared to previous new teams such as Atlanta United and Orlando City (when they were at the Camping World Stadium). Atlanta set a new season attendance record, beating its own gate from last season. Minnesota has the largest percentage increase, while unsurprisingly Columbus had the biggest decrease. It’s not a ... Read more

Average attendances down for 15 MLS clubs so far this 2018 season

Photo credit: Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports Soccer fans in the US typically follow European soccer alongside MLS and international tournaments, which means having new sites for betting to bet on soccer is a great asset to have if you’re unable to attend most games. And with average attendances going down this year, there is some cause for concern. After six gameweeks played in the 2018 season, attendances are down for 66% of the MLS clubs who have played home games this season. The only MLS clubs who haven’t seen a drop in attendance compared to last season are Atlanta United ... Read more

2018 MLS opening weekend attendances up 2% compared to last year

Photo credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports Welcome to a new season of MLS attendance reports. In 2017, Orlando had a decrease due to the fact of the reduced capacity of their new stadium, 20.1% lower than their 2016 average. Four more teams lost more than 6%. NYCFC was down 17.9%, Los Angeles was down 11.5%, Columbus was down 9.4% and Houston was down 8.0%. Chicago’s great season led to their 11.4% increase. Only five other teams had increases albeit small, while Portland continued its perfect record of sellouts. This season, I don’t expect a bump from LAFC joining the league ... Read more

2017 MLS regular season average attendance finishes 2% higher than 2016

Photo credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports Attendances at MLS games for the 2017 regular season grew by 1.95% compared to last year, according to reported (not actual) numbers. The final average attendance for MLS 2017 regular season was 22,112. In the final week of the 2017 MLS season on Sunday, Atlanta set the all time standalone match attendance, 71,874, beating its own record set earlier this season. Atlanta also set the record for the highest average attendance during a season with 48,200. As expected, most teams on Sunday had strong final match turnouts. Only Houston and Dallas had disappointing showings, ... Read more

MLS attendances through gameweek 32 of the 2017 season

Photo credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports Colorado Rapids drew its smallest crowd of the season in its final home match, a Rocky Mountain Cup game against Real Salt Lake, with just a reported attendance of 13,102. On the flip side, the Revs had its largest turnout in its final home match versus New York City FC. Orlando City’s decrease, meanwhile, is due to its new stadium with a smaller capacity than last season’s home. The average attendance (21,925) is up 1.08% vs 2016. The final numbers might tick up a little with Atlanta and Seattle having home matches in the ... Read more

MLS attendances through gameweek 30 of the 2017 season

Photo credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports In the latest reported attendance numbers for MLS, the league is averaging 21,781 this season, which is up 1.26% compared to 2016. For Columbus Crew, who have concluded their home schedule of fixtures, the club’s average attendance dropped 9.84% compared to last season. Meanwhile, Atlanta United and Seattle both have two home matches remaining in the season, which should help give MLS a minor bump in the overall attendance number. Last but not least, Houston’s poor season of attendance continued this past week with both matches failing to reach 17,000. Latest attendance numbers ... Read more

MLS attendances through gameweek 29 of the 2017 season

MLS reported attendances had another good week courtesy of Atlanta playing two more home matches at the Mercedes Benz Stadium. The only downer was New York City FC’s match that was played in Hartford’s Pratt and Whitney Stadium due to a scheduling conflict at Yankee Stadium. The 10,165 was the lowest reported attendance of the season. And even then, the 10,165 number seemed to be wildly exaggerated. After 328 matches, the average attendance (21,801) is up 1.37% vs 2016. Latest attendance numbers for MLS teams: Franchise Attendance Atlanta 42,723 Atlanta 43,502 Columbus 20,008 DC United 25,229 Kansas City 19,028 Minnesota ... Read more

MLS attendances through gameweek 28 of the 2017 season

Photo credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports Atlanta United broke the MLS attendance record with a massive crowd of 70,425 this past Saturday in the draw against Orlando City SC. Aided by Atlanta’s large attendances for their two recent home matches, MLS had a strong week of reported attendances for most teams across the league. However, there were poor turnouts for Chicago Fire, Colorado Rapids and FC Dallas games. After 315 matches, the average attendance (21,709) is up 0.96% vs 2016. Latest attendance numbers for MLS teams: Franchise Attendance Atlanta 42,511 Atlanta 70,425 Chicago 15,643 Colorado 14,336 Dallas 15,124 Kansas ... Read more