Monday, October 13, 2014

Week 30 Attendance Update


Team2014 Average AttendanceCapacityPercent Full2013 Average Attendance% Change from 2013 
Chicago Fire15,90720,00079.54%15,228+4.46
Chivas USA7,15618,80038.06%8,366-14.47
Colorado Rapids15,07017,42486.49%15,440-2.40
Columbus Crew16,88019,96884.54%16,080+4.98
DC United16,83419,46786.47%13,646+23.36
FC Dallas16,79120,50081.91%
15,373
+9.22
Houston Dynamo19,97922,03990.65%19,923+0.28
Los Angeles Galaxy20,88427,00077.35%22,152-5.72
Montreal Impact17,55720,521*85.56%20,603-14.78
NE Revolution15,67620,00078.38%14,844+5.61
New York Red Bulls19,34225,18976.79%19,461-0.61
Philadelphia Union17,60418,50095.15%17,867-1.47
Portland Timbers20,80520,674100.63%20,674+0.63
Real Salt Lake20,33220,213100.59%19,218+5.79
San Jose Earthquakes15,22310,525*144.64%12,765+19.26
Seattle Sounders42,86338,500*111.33%44,038-2.67
Sporting Kansas City20,05418,467108.60%19,709+1.75
Toronto FC22,32121,859102.11%18,131+23.11
Vancouver Whitecaps20,33021,00096.81%20,038+1.45
Average19,02821,08790.24%18,608+2.25
*Teams play select games at higher capacity

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Week 29 Attendance Update


Team2014 Average AttendanceCapacityPercent Full2013 Average Attendance% Change from 2013 
Chicago Fire15,90720,00079.54%15,228+4.46
Chivas USA7,29718,80038.82%8,366-12.77
Colorado Rapids15,07017,42486.49%15,440-2.40
Columbus Crew16,88019,96884.54%16,080+4.98
DC United16,83419,46786.47%13,646+23.36
FC Dallas16,64120,50081.17%
15,373
+8.25
Houston Dynamo19,85322,03990.08%19,923-0.35
Los Angeles Galaxy20,88427,00077.35%22,152-5.72
Montreal Impact17,76920,521*86.59%20,603-13.76
NE Revolution15,67620,00078.38%14,844+5.61
New York Red Bulls19,02725,18975.54%19,461-2.23
Philadelphia Union17,72118,50095.79%17,867-0.87
Portland Timbers20,80520,674100.63%20,674+0.63
Real Salt Lake20,30720,213100.47%19,218+5.67
San Jose Earthquakes15,22310,525*144.64%12,765+19.26
Seattle Sounders42,00338,500*109.10%44,038-4.62
Sporting Kansas City20,12918,467109.00%19,709+2.13
Toronto FC22,59121,859103.35%18,131+24.60
Vancouver Whitecaps20,33021,00096.81%20,038+1.45
Average18,94121,08789.82%18,608+1.79
*Teams play select games at higher capacity

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Week 28 Attendance


Team2014 Average AttendanceCapacityPercent Full2013 Average Attendance% Change from 2013 
Chicago Fire15,77320,00078.87%15,228+3.58
Chivas USA6,94218,80036.93%8,366-17.02
Colorado Rapids14,90017,42485.52%15,440-3.50
Columbus Crew16,88019,96884.54%16,080+4.98
DC United16,66919,46785.63%13,646+22.15
FC Dallas16,64120,50081.17%
15,373
+8.25
Houston Dynamo19,85322,03990.08%19,923-0.35
Los Angeles Galaxy20,67227,00076.56%22,152-6.68
Montreal Impact17,76920,521*86.59%20,603-13.76
NE Revolution15,17820,00075.89%14,844+2.25
New York Red Bulls18,84625,18974.82%19,461-3.16
Philadelphia Union17,92618,50096.90%17,867+0.33
Portland Timbers20,80520,674100.63%20,674+0.63
Real Salt Lake20,30720,213100.47%19,218+5.67
San Jose Earthquakes15,53710,525*147.62%12,765+21.71
Seattle Sounders42,00338,500*109.10%44,038-4.62
Sporting Kansas City20,12918,467109.00%19,709+2.13
Toronto FC22,59121,859103.35%18,131+24.60
Vancouver Whitecaps20,34021,00096.86%20,038+1.51
Average18,96921,08789.96%18,608+1.94
*Teams play select games at higher capacity

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Week 27 Attendance Update


Team2014 Average AttendanceCapacityPercent Full2013 Average Attendance% Change from 2013 
Chicago Fire15,77320,00078.87%15,228+3.58
Chivas USA6,49218,80036.93%8,366-17.02
Colorado Rapids14,84817,42485.21%15,440-3.84
Columbus Crew16,65119,96883.39%16,080+3.55
DC United16,46819,46784.60%13,646+20.68
FC Dallas16,78620,50081.88%
15,373
+9.19
Houston Dynamo19,82422,03989.95%19,923-0.50
Los Angeles Galaxy20,35627,00075.39%22,152-8.11
Montreal Impact17,76920,521*86.59%20,603-13.76
NE Revolution15,17820,00075.89%14,844+2.25
New York Red Bulls18,84625,18974.82%19,461-3.16
Philadelphia Union17,92618,50096.90%17,867+0.33
Portland Timbers20,80520,674100.63%20,674+0.63
Real Salt Lake20,30720,213100.47%19,218+5.67
San Jose Earthquakes15,53710,525*147.62%12,765+21.71
Seattle Sounders42,23838,500*109.71%44,038-4.09
Sporting Kansas City20,17218,467109.23%19,709+2.35
Toronto FC22,59121,859103.35%18,131+24.60
Vancouver Whitecaps20,41321,00097.20%20,038+1.87
Average18,87421,08789.51%18,608+1.43
*Teams play select games at higher capacity

Monday, September 15, 2014

Week 26 Attendance Update


Team2014 Average AttendanceCapacityPercent Full2013 Average Attendance% Change from 2013 
Chicago Fire15,66620,00078.33%15,228+2.88
Chivas USA6,49218,80036.93%8,366-17.02
Colorado Rapids14,84817,42485.21%15,440-3.84
Columbus Crew16,31819,96881.72%16,080+1.48
DC United16,46819,46784.60%13,646+20.68
FC Dallas16,78620,50081.88%
15,373
+9.19
Houston Dynamo19,82422,03989.95%19,923-0.50
Los Angeles Galaxy20,16327,00074.68%22,152-8.98
Montreal Impact17,90920,521*87.27%20,603-13.08
NE Revolution15,17820,00075.89%14,844+2.25
New York Red Bulls18,37225,18972.94%19,461-5.59
Philadelphia Union17,88518,50096.68%17,867+0.10
Portland Timbers20,80420,674100.63%20,674+0.63
Real Salt Lake20,28020,213100.33%19,218+5.52
San Jose Earthquakes15,53710,525*147.62%12,765+21.71
Seattle Sounders42,23838,500*109.71%44,038-4.09
Sporting Kansas City20,17218,467109.23%19,709+2.35
Toronto FC22,59121,859103.35%18,131+24.60
Vancouver Whitecaps20,41321,00097.20%20,038+1.87
Average18,81721,08789.24%18,608+1.12
*Teams play select games at higher capacity

Monday, September 8, 2014

Week 25 Attendance Update


Team2014 Average AttendanceCapacityPercent Full2013 Average Attendance% Change from 2013 
Chicago Fire15,43320,00077.17%15,228+1.35
Chivas USA7,17318,80038.16%8,366-14.25
Colorado Rapids14,76017,42484.71%15,440-4.40
Columbus Crew16,31819,96881.72%16,080+1.48
DC United16,46819,46784.60%13,646+20.68
FC Dallas16,78620,50081.88%
15,373
+9.19
Houston Dynamo19,74822,03989.60%19,923-0.88
Los Angeles Galaxy20,16327,00074.68%22,152-8.98
Montreal Impact18,21620,521*88.77%20,603-11.58
NE Revolution14,85820,00074.29%14,844+0.09
New York Red Bulls18,65725,18974.07%19,461-4.13
Philadelphia Union17,86818,50096.58%17,867+0.01
Portland Timbers20,80420,674100.63%20,674+0.63
Real Salt Lake20,28020,213100.33%19,218+5.52
San Jose Earthquakes15,89510,525*151.02%12,765+24.52
Seattle Sounders42,48938,500*110.36%44,038-3.52
Sporting Kansas City20,17218,467109.23%19,709+2.35
Toronto FC22,59121,859103.35%18,131+24.60
Vancouver Whitecaps20,68221,00098.48%20,038+3.21
Average18,88221,08789.54%18,608+1.47
*Teams play select games at higher capacity

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Week 23 Attendance Update


Team2014 Average AttendanceCapacityPercent Full2013 Average Attendance% Change from 2013 
Chicago Fire15,31720,00076.59%15,228+0.59
Chivas USA6,41718,80034.13%8,366-23.30
Colorado Rapids14,76017,42484.71%15,440-4.40
Columbus Crew16,26219,96881.44%16,080+1.13
DC United16,23919,46783.42%13,646+19.00
FC Dallas16,78620,50081.88%
15,373
+9.19
Houston Dynamo19,85222,03990.08%19,923-0.36
Los Angeles Galaxy20,72127,00076.74%22,152-6.46
Montreal Impact18,40120,521*89.67%20,603-10.69
NE Revolution15,34220,00076.71%14,844+3.35
New York Red Bulls18,46025,18973.28%19,461-5.15
Philadelphia Union18,10718,50097.88%17,867+1.34
Portland Timbers20,80320,674100.63%20,674+0.63
Real Salt Lake20,25920,213100.23%19,218+5.42
San Jose Earthquakes16,30810,525*154.94%12,765+27.75
Seattle Sounders42,78538,500*111.13%44,038-2.84
Sporting Kansas City20,16018,467109.17%19,709+2.29
Toronto FC22,59121,859103.35%18,131+24.60
Vancouver Whitecaps20,90721,00099.56%20,038+4.33
Average18,94821,08789.86%18,608+1.83
*Teams play select games at higher capacity

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Miami Fusion FC Historical Attendance

The Miami Fusion were a part of the first MLS expansion in 1998 with the Chicago Fire. The expansion moved the league to 12 teams and the historically awkward three conferences. One again like the Tampa Bay Mutiny, an uninspired fan base, dwindling ticket sales, and large revenue losses led to the contraction of this MLS franchise. The Fusion were only in the league for four years, and their departure along with the Mutiny in 2001 has left the state of Florida without an MLS team for over a decade. This will change as Orlando City FC is set to join the MLS in 2015.
Lockhart Stadium
Lockhart Stadium was renovated in 1998 to be a soccer specific facility with a capacity of 20,450. The Fusion were the first team to play in a soccer specific stadium. The Fusion were only able to muster an average attendance of 9,403 over the four years that they were in the league.

YearAverage AttendanceCapacity
199810,28420,450
19998,68920,450
20007,46020,450
200111,17720,450

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Week 22 Attendance Update


Team2014 Average AttendanceCapacityPercent Full2013 Average Attendance% Change from 2013 
Chicago Fire15,31720,00076.59%15,228+0.59
Chivas USA6,41718,80034.13%8,366-23.30
Colorado Rapids14,82317,42485.07%15,440-4.00
Columbus Crew16,15519,96880.90%16,080+0.46
DC United16,23919,46783.42%13,646+19.00
FC Dallas16,71620,50081.54%
15,373
+8.74
Houston Dynamo19,85222,03990.08%19,923-0.36
Los Angeles Galaxy20,62927,00076.40%22,152-6.87
Montreal Impact18,40120,521*89.67%20,603-10.69
NE Revolution15,24320,00076.21%14,844+2.69
New York Red Bulls18,51725,18973.51%19,461-4.85
Philadelphia Union18,17618,50098.25%17,867+1.73
Portland Timbers20,80220,674100.62%20,674+0.62
Real Salt Lake20,25920,213100.23%19,218+5.42
San Jose Earthquakes16,30810,525*154.94%12,765+27.75
Seattle Sounders43,13838,500*112.05%44,038-2.04
Sporting Kansas City20,17618,467109.26%19,709+2.37
Toronto FC22,59121,859103.35%18,131+24.60
Vancouver Whitecaps20,90721,00099.56%20,038+4.33
Average18,87321,08789.50%18,608+1.42
*Teams play select games at higher capacity

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Tampa Bay Mutiny Historical Attendance

I have had quite a few followers ask for historical attendance data for each team, so for the next few weeks I will post each team and their attendance over the years since they have joined the MLS.
First ever MLS game on ESPN
I will start today with one of the two defunct franchises, the Tampa Bay Mutiny. The Mutiny were one of the original 10 MLS franchises to start in 1996. They had some initial success but lacked support later on as they traded their big name players for little in return. Don Garber was unable to find an owner for the team so the team folded.

They played their first three years in Houlihan's Stadium which had a capacity of 74,301 and was the home of the Tampa Buccaneers. The stadium was reduced to a capacity of 16,000 for soccer games. The final soccer game played in Tampa Stadium featured a crowd of 27,597 as the Mutiny beat the New York MetroStars (now the New York Red Bulls) 2-1.
Advertisement for the final game in Houlihan's Stadium
The Mutiny moved to Raymond James Stadium along with the Buccaneers in 1999. The stadium had a capacity of 66,321 at the time, but once again it was artificially reduced to 32,000 for Mutiny soccer games. Listed is the attendance of all six years that the Mutiny were active in the MLS. They had an overall average of 11,106 over the six years.

YearAverage AttendanceCapacity
199611,67916,000
199711,33816,000
199810,31216,000
199913,10632,000
20009,45232,000
200110,47932,000

An empty stadium and football lines doomed the franchise