MLS attendance sets more records – averaging ~19k per game

MLS hit the 6 million mark for the first time in its 17-year history and set a regular-season attendance average record of 18,807. Seattle led the league for the fourth straight season and 11 teams saw an increase over last season. For 2012 attendance rankings and MLS attendance history …

* MLS reported that 6,074,729 fans acquired tickets to the 2012 regular season’s 323 games, marking the first time in league history that it exceeded 6 million. Total reported attendance in 2011 was 5,468,030.

* The league-wide average was 18,807, a 5 percent increase over the previous high of 17,872 in 2011. The third highest leaguewide attendance was 17,406 in MLS’s inaugural season of 1996.

* The league-wide attendance average has increased three straight seasons.

* Eleven teams announced a higher attendance average in 2012 than in 2011: Chicago, Colorado, Columbus, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, New England, Portland, Real Salt Lake, San Jose and Seattle. … Expansion club Montreal averaged 22,772 fans per game.

* Seattle has set a club attendance record in each of its four years in the league: 2012 — 43,144; 2011 — 38,496; 2010 — 36,173; 2009 — 30,897.

* Chivas USA was last in attendance.

MLS YEAR-BY-YEAR ATTENDANCE AVERAGE

1996 – 17,406
1997 – 14,603
1998 – 14,312
1999 – 14,282
2000 – 13,756
2001 – 14,961
2002 – 15,821
2003 – 14,898
2004 – 15,559
2005 – 15,108
2006 – 15,504
2007 – 16,770
2008 – 16,460
2009 – 16,037
2010 – 16,675
2011 – 17,872
2012 – 18,807

TOP MLS TEAM ATTENDANCE AVERAGES
2011 Seattle: 43,144
2011 Seattle: 38,496
2010 Seattle: 36,173
2009 Seattle: 30,897
1996 Los Angeles: 28,916
2008 Los Angeles: 26,009
2007 Los Angeles: 24,252
2005 Los Angeles: 24,204
1996 MetroStars: 23,898
2004 Los Angeles: 23,809
2003: Los Angeles: 21,983
1998 Los Angeles: 21,784
2001: D.C. United 21,518
1997 New England: 21,423
2006 Los Angeles: 20,814
2002: Colorado: 20,687
2000 Los Angeles: 20,400
1999 Columbus: 17,696

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