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  • MLS Sees Best Attendance Since League's Inception; Dynamo Up Big At New Venue

    MLS teams averaged 18,807 fans per game during the '12 regular season, marking the league's best figure in its 17-year history. This season's average is also up 5% from last year, which previously held the best attendance mark. Attendance this season was boosted by a host of factors, including the Sounders continuing to post record-setting numbers in Seattle, the addition of the Impact in Montreal and the Dynamo's move to soccer-specific BBVA Compass Stadium. The Sounders set an MLS attendance record for the fourth straight season, with the club's average up 12.1% from '11. The Dynamo's venue change led to a league-best 18.8% jump at the gate. During its inaugural season, the Impact ranked third in attendance, despite some noted ticket-pricing issues. Following several years of solid attendance after the club's founding, Toronto FC saw a 10.4% drop at the gate, fueled in large part by poor on-field performance. Chivas USA suffered a double whammy at the gate this season -- lowest average attendance in MLS and sharpest percentage drop among all clubs. Listed below is an average attendance trend for MLS dating back to the league's first year, as well as team-by-team figures for the '12 season (THE DAILY).

    MLS REGULAR SEASON ATTENDANCE TREND
    SEASON
    GMS
    TOTAL
    AVG.
    '12
    323
    6,074,729
    18,807
    '11
    306
    5,468,849
    17,872
    '10
    240
    4,002,053
    16,675
    '09
    225
    3,609,048
    16,040
    '08
    210
    3,456,641
    16,460
    '07
    195
    3,270,210
    16,770
    '06
    192
    2,976,787
    15,504
    '05
    192
    2,900,716
    15,108
    '04
    150
    2,333,797
    15,559
    '03
    150
    2,234,747
    14,898
    '02
    140
    2,214,978
    15,821
    '01
    158
    2,363,889
    14,961
    '00
    192
    2,641,086
    13,756
    '99
    192
    2,742,102
    14,282
    '98
    192
    2,747,897
    14,312
    '97
    160
    2,336,529
    14,603
    '96
    160
    2,785,001
    17,406
           
    '12 MLS REGULAR SEASON ATTENDANCE
    TEAM
    GMS
    TOTAL
    AVG.
    % CAP.
    PREV.
    % +/-
    GMS ('11)
    Sounders FC
    17
    733,441
    43,144
    137.7%
    38,496
    12.1%
    17
    Galaxy
    17
    393,319
    23,136
    91.0%
    23,335
    -0.9%
    17
    Impact*
    17
    387,124
    22,772
    75.4%
    n/a
    n/a
    n/a
    Dynamo**
    17
    357,251
    21,015
    101.3%
    17,694
    18.8%
    17
    Timbers
    17
    347,446
    20,438
    106.3%
    18,827
    8.6%
    17
    Whitecaps
    17
    331,081
    19,475
    98.5%
    20,406
    -4.6%
    17
    Sporting KC
    17
    329,874
    19,404
    111.6%
    17,810
    8.9%
    17
    Real Salt Lake
    17
    324,482
    19,087
    100.5%
    17,591
    8.5%
    17
    Red Bulls
    17
    310,782
    18,281
    77.7%
    19,749
    -7.4%
    17
    Toronto FC
    17
    308,630
    18,155
    88.9%
    20,267
    -10.4%
    17
    Union
    17
    306,904
    18,053
    103.7%
    18,259
    -1.1%
    17
    Fire
    17
    278,947
    16,409
    82.0%
    14,273
    15.0%
    17
    Rapids
    17
    257,972
    15,175
    83.9%
    14,838
    2.3%
    17
    Crew
    17
    244,752
    14,397
    71.5%
    12,185
    18.2%
    17
    FC Dallas
    17
    241,390
    14,199
    73.6%
    12,861
    10.4%
    17
    Revolution
    17
    238,025
    14,001
    74.4%
    13,222
    5.9%
    17
    DC United
    17
    235,382
    13,846
    74.9%
    15,196
    -8.9%
    17
    Earthquakes***
    17
    225,977
    13,293
    103.3%
    11,858
    12.1%
    17
    Chivas USA
    17
    221,950
    13,056
    69.4%
    14,830
    -12.0%
    17
    TOTALS
    323
    6,074,729
    18,807
    91.4%
    17,872
    5.2%
    306
                   

    NOTES: * = The Impact played its first five home games at Olympic Stadium before moving to a renovated Saputo Stadium. ** = The Dynamo moved to new BBVA Compass Stadium this season. *** = The Earthquakes played a home game at AT&T Park in March and a game at Stanford Stadium in June.

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