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MLS Playoff Attendance Average Is Third Highest In History

MLS averaged 19,535 fans per game during this year's playoffs, down from the record-setting average of 23,559 last year, but still good enough for the third-highest postseason attendance average in league history. Sunday's MLS Cup, featuring Rapids-FC Dallas, drew 21,700 fans to BMO Field in Toronto. Last season, 46,011 fans attended the Real Salt Lake-Galaxy final at Qwest Field in Seattle. The top draw this postseason was for the first leg of the Galaxy-Sounders FC conference semifinal match at Qwest Field on Halloween, which drew 35,521 fans. Listed below is an attendance trend for the MLS playoffs since the league began in '96 (THE DAILY).

MLS PLAYOFF ATTENDANCE
YEAR
GMS
TOTAL
AVG.
'10
11
214,885
19,535
'09
11
259,149
23,559
'08
11
181,382
16,489
'07
11
217,479
19,771
'06
11
166,972
15,179
'05
11
158,285
14,390
'04
11
153,691
13,972
'03
11
164,758
14,978
'02
17
235,827
13,872
'01
18
212,485
11,805
'00
17
203,548
11,973
'99
16
257,417
16,089
'98
14
249,968
17,855
'97
13
208,192
16,015
'96
17
300,435
17,673

NOTE: MLS switched to an 11-game playoff format in '03.

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