Monday, October 24, 2011

Final Attendance Update

Comment if you want a specific team's week by week attendance for all 17 home games. I also have all historical of teams since 1996.

The only teams to have a decrease in average attendance were Chicago, Columbus, Philadelphia, and Toronto. Philadelphia had a decrease due to playing a couple games last year at Lincoln Financial and having attendance of over 25,000. The Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders both increased capacity for a few games resulting in a percent full stadium over 100%. The San Jose Earthquakes played at Stanford Stadium for a game on July 4th weekend and drew 41,028 fans resulting in an increase in attendance.

The Houston Dynamo and the Montreal Impact will both have soccer specific stadiums next year. San Jose will have a soccer specific stadium complete in 2013. DC United and NE Revolution have no plans for soccer specific stadiums. Vancouver will play all games at BC Place next year with expandable seating. Montreal will also play higher priority games in the larger Olympic Stadium next year. More analysis to come.
Houston Dynamo's new stadium for next year.

Team Attendance Capacity Percent Full Last Year's Average Attendance
Chicago Fire 14,274 20,000 71.37% 15,814
Chivas USA 14,830 27,000 54.92% 14,575
Colorado Rapids 14,838 18,086 82.04% 13,328
Columbus Crew 12,185 20,455 59.57% 14,641
DC United 15,211 23,865 63.74% 14,531
FC Dallas 12,861 21,193 60.68%
Houston Dynamo 17,694 25,462 69.49% 17,309
Los Angeles Galaxy 23,335 27,000 86.43% 21,436
New England Revolution 13,222 22,385 59.07% 12,986
New York Red Bulls 19,691 25,189 78.17% 18,441
Philadelphia Union 18,258 18,500 98.69% 19,254
Portland Timbers 18,827 18,627 101.07% ---
Real Salt Lake 17,594 20,008 87.94% 17,095
San Jose Earthquakes 11,858 10,300 115.13% 9,659
Seattle Sounders 38,495 35,700 107.83% 36,173
Sporting Kansas City 17,810 18,467 96.44% 10,287
Toronto FC 20,267 21,800 92.97% 20,453
Vancouver Whitecaps 20,406 20,500 99.54% ---
Average 17,870 21,919 81.53% 16,675


  1. Do you have a photo of Montreal's stadium or even the plans for the Earthquake stadium?

    It is good to see the total rose this year but that was obviously helped with the 2 new teams. Hope we can keep adding and growing now that the games are going to be on tv more. I just hope we can get a team in the southeast. Being from Florida no teams are close.

  2. Any chance you could send season-end figures for every year since 1996 to I'm putting together a full analysis and your figures would be unbelievably helpful. Thanks in advance!

  3. Do you want the stats for every team every year or just MLS as a whole for the each year?

  4. Hi Tom,

    Would you be able to send me the historical data for each team? Season-end data for each team since 1996. Also, can you tell me what source you are pulling this data from?

    Many thanks,