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Kick Off: MLS Playoff Attendance Down 16.6% From '07

Total attendance for the '08 MLS playoffs was down 16.6% from last year's record-setting mark, but up 8.6% from '06. Sunday's MLS Cup at The Home Depot Center, which saw the Crew capture their first-ever title over the Red Bulls, drew an announced sellout crowd of 27,000, but was played before quite a few empty seats. The following presents an MLS playoff attendance trend, along with a game-by-game breakdown for the '08 playoffs (THE DAILY).


MLS PLAYOFF ATTENDANCE
YEAR
GMS
TOTAL
% +/-
'08
11
181,382
-16.6%
'07
11
217,479
30.2%
'06
11
166,972
5.5%
'05
11
158,285
3.0%
'04
11
153,691
-6.7%
'03
11
164,758
n/a
NOTE: MLS switched to an 11-game playoff format in '03.

MLS GAME-BY-GAME PLAYOFF ATTENDANCE
DATE
MATCHUP
ATTENDANCE
10/30
Fire-Revolution
5,221
11/1
Dynamo-Red Bulls
11,578
11/1
Chivas USA-Real Salt Lake
14,719
11/1
Crew-Wizards
10,385
11/6
Revolution-Fire
17,312
11/8
Wizards-Crew
11,153
11/8
Real Salt Lake-Chivas USA
19,265
11/9
Red Bulls-Dynamo
30,053
11/13
Fire-Crew
14,688
11/15
Red Bulls-Real Salt Lake
20,008
11/23
MLS Cup: Crew-Red Bulls
27,000

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