Monday, 20 March 2017

Atlanta United average attendance could surpass Seattle Sounders in 2017 MLS season

Now that the Seattle Sounders have been the MLS club with the highest average attendance by far for each of its eight MLS seasons, it’s quite possible that Atlanta United may knock the Sounders off their perch by the end of the season. So far this year, Atlanta is averaging 50,610 after two home games. The Sounders, meanwhile, played their first home game of the season on Sunday, and drew 45,600 fans.

Elsewhere in the league for MLS gameweek 3, Colorado Rapids (14,013) and DC United (14,031) were the only two teams to report low attendances. New York City FC’s attendance could be seen as a low number too, although their attendance of 18,515 might be considered okay elsewhere in the league. However, the 18,515 number was the lowest turnout of NYCFC’s short existence thus far.

Speaking of attendances, Los Angeles has led the league in away attendance every year since 2007. Any coincidence that’s the year Beckham came to La La land? Not likely.

After the first 32 matches, the average attendance is up 1.26%.

MLS gameweek 3 reported attendances:

Franchise Attendance
Atlanta 45,922
Colorado 14,013
Dallas 16,150
DC United 14,031
Kansas City 19,282
NYCFC 18,515
Orlando 25,527
Portland 21,144
Salt Lake 20,348
Seattle 45,600
Vancouver 20,438
MLS Attendance – Equal # of Home Games  
  2016 2017    
  Att Att Att +/- GP
Atlanta NA 50,610 NA 2
Seattle 39,525 45,600 15.37% 1
Minnesota NA 35,043 NA 1
Montreal 27,545 34,373 24.79% 1
Orlando 44,594 25,527 -42.76% 2
LA Galaxy 25,667 22,268 -13.24% 2
NYCFC 27,456 21,387 -22.10% 2
Portland 21,144 21,144 0.00% 2
Salt Lake 19,253 19,934 3.53% 2
Vancouver 22,120 19,761 -10.67% 2
Red Bulls 21,303 19,375 -9.05% 1
Sporting KC 20,023 19,200 -4.11% 2
Houston 21,598 18,622 -13.78% 2
San Jose 18,000 18,000 0.00% 2
Philadelphia Union 17,027 16,795 -1.36% 1
FC Dallas 14,248 16,150 13.35% 1
D.C. United 14,768 16,150 9.36% 2
Colorado 14,123 15,070 6.70% 2
Columbus 17,015 15,023 -11.71% 1
Chicago 17,768 13,024 -26.70% 1

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