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Old 06-21-2011, 12:51 AM
 
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Just out of curiosity, but what are the average attendances in MLS stadiums? I recently saw a part of some game (completely forgotten who against who) and I was surprised by the large crowd.
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Old 06-21-2011, 08:07 AM
 
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Just out of curiosity, but what are the average attendances in MLS stadiums? I recently saw a part of some game (completely forgotten who against who) and I was surprised by the large crowd.
Varies by team. Some sell out while others struggle to draw. You'll see anywhere from 6,000 to 30,000 depending on the team.
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Old 06-21-2011, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Kansas City, MO
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Just out of curiosity, but what are the average attendances in MLS stadiums? I recently saw a part of some game (completely forgotten who against who) and I was surprised by the large crowd.

18k or so. You will see crowds in the 30ks in Seattle and smaller crowds in San Jose who is playing in a stadium that only holds 10k until their stadium gets built
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Old 06-21-2011, 09:15 AM
 
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Ah okay, thanks. The numbers seem to be on par with the average attendance at the French Ligue 1. I'm positively surprised by these numbers: I somehow keep on thinking soccer in the United States is horribly unpopular and is played in desolate, empty stadiums .

Time to set aside my prejudices .
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Old 06-21-2011, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Kansas City, MO
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Ah okay, thanks. The numbers seem to be on par with the average attendance at the French Ligue 1. I'm positively surprised by these numbers: I somehow keep on thinking soccer in the United States is horribly unpopular and is played in desolate, empty stadiums .

Time to set aside my prejudices .

We have a country of 300 million people so something can not be liked by the majority of the country and still be popular enough to sustain. The MLS has a hardcore fan base and enough of a casual fan base that the league is stable and doing really well. We have a similar attendance average to both the National Hockey League and National Basketball Association and will probably average higher within a couple of years.
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Old 06-22-2011, 06:27 AM
 
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Ah okay, thanks. The numbers seem to be on par with the average attendance at the French Ligue 1. I'm positively surprised by these numbers: I somehow keep on thinking soccer in the United States is horribly unpopular and is played in desolate, empty stadiums .

Time to set aside my prejudices .
Definitely. MLS has gone from strength to strength over the past several seasons. I just watched a couple of great games this past weekend on Malaysian telly: Sporting KC knocked off San Jose 1-0 and Portland drew 3-3 with Red Bull New York. Portland is drawing good size (and noisy) crowds. Sporting should have larger crowds now that they are in a bigger stadium.
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Old 06-24-2011, 10:28 AM
 
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46,065 in Seattle the other night. Not bad at all.
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Old 06-24-2011, 08:06 PM
 
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This website tracks MLS season attendance.

Major League Soccer Attendance Update | U.S. Soccer News (http://ussoccernews.net/2011/06/15/major-league-soccer-attendance-update-8/ - broken link)

Season Totals

Team / Home Games / 2011 Avg / % Change Over 2010 Average
Seattle Sounders 7 36297 0.34%
LA Galaxy 8 22206 3.59%

Vancouver Whitecaps 7 20132 N/A
Sporting KC 1 19925 93.69%

Toronto FC 9 19665 -3.85%
Portland Timbers 7 18627 N/A

New York Red Bulls 8 18204 -1.29%
Philadelphia Union 7 18189 -5.53%

Houston Dynamo 8 17606 1.71%
Real Salt Lake 6 16089 -5.88%

DC United 6 16024 10.27%
Chivas USA 7 15917 9.20%

Colorado Rapids 7 13684 2.66%
Chicago Fire 6 13380 -15.39%

FC Dallas 9 12990 20.11%
New England Revolution 7 12449 -4.14%

Columbus Crew 7 10447 -28.65%
San Jose Earthquakes 7 9772 1.17%

League Avg 124 17311 3.81%
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Old 06-26-2011, 02:55 AM
 
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That's really a very decent average . According to this website (http://www.european-football-statistics.co.uk/attn.htm) , you'd make the 7th place in Europe, after Germany (av. 42,500), England (av. 34,151), Spain (av. 28,286), Italy (24,957), France (av. 20,089) and the Netherlands (19,608).

But looking by your growing rate, you probably will surpass the Netherlands and France in the not-to-distant future.

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Old 06-26-2011, 04:04 AM
 
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Apologies for going off topic but the French stadiums are very small. They will build bigger ones within the next 10 years i think.
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