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  • MLS Attendance Down Slightly, But Still Second-Best Figure Since Inception In '96

    MLS teams averaged 18,611 fans per game during the '13 regular season, down 1% from last year's record-setting figure. This year's mark is still the second-best average all-time for MLS and only the second time the league has averaged over 18,000 fans per game. The Sounders set another MLS team record with 44,038 fans per game, marking the club's fifth record in five seasons in the league. The Crew saw the league's biggest gain at the gate, up 12% -- one season after seeing an 18% jump. Also seeing strong gains were the Red Bulls, FC Dallas and Revolution. On the flip side, Chivas USA saw a league-worst 36% drop at the gate on the heels of a 12% drop in '12. The Impact experienced a significant decline, down around 10% during the team's second season in MLS. The Dynamo saw a 5% drop during the club's second season at BBVA Compass Stadium in downtown Houston. The club had a 19% jump last season (THE DAILY).

    MLS REGULAR-SEASON ATTENDANCE TREND
    YEAR
    GAMES
    AVERAGE
    YEAR
    GAMES
    AVERAGE
    '13
    323
    18,611
    '04
    150
    15,559
    '12
    323
    18,807
    '03
    150
    14,898
    '11
    306
    17,872
    '02
    140
    15,821
    '10
    240
    16,675
    '01
    158
    14,961
    '09
    225
    16,040
    '00
    192
    13,756
    '08
    210
    16,460
    '99
    192
    14,282
    '07
    195
    16,770
    '98
    192
    14,312
    '06
    192
    15,504
    '97
    160
    14,603
    '05
    192
    15,108
    '96
    160
    17,406
               
    '13 MLS REGULAR-SEASON ATTENDANCE
    TEAM
    GAMES
    TOTAL
    AVG.
    % CAP.
    PREV.
    % +/-
    Sounders FC
    17
    748,652
    44,038
    114.4%
    43,144
    2.1%
    Galaxy
    17
    376,580
    22,152
    82.0%
    23,136
    -4.3%
    Timbers
    17
    351,458
    20,674
    101.2%
    20,438
    1.2%
    Impact*
    17
    350,259
    20,603
    82.6%
    22,772
    -9.5%
    Whitecaps
    17
    341,653
    20,097
    95.7%
    19,475
    3.2%
    Dynamo
    17
    338,690
    19,923
    90.4%
    21,015
    -5.2%
    Sporting K.C.
    17
    335,058
    19,709
    106.7%
    19,404
    1.6%
    Red Bulls
    17
    330,832
    19,461
    77.8%
    18,281
    6.5%
    Real Salt Lake
    17
    326,699
    19,218
    95.1%
    19,087
    0.7%
    Toronto FC
    17
    308,233
    18,131
    82.9%
    18,155
    -0.1%
    Union
    17
    303,746
    17,867
    96.6%
    18,053
    -1.0%
    Crew
    17
    273,364
    16,080
    79.8%
    14,397
    11.7%
    Rapids
    17
    262,479
    15,440
    88.6%
    15,175
    1.7%
    FC Dallas
    17
    261,346
    15,373
    75.0%
    14,199
    8.3%
    Fire
    17
    258,880
    15,228
    76.1%
    16,409
    -7.2%
    Revolution
    17
    252,346
    14,844
    74.2%
    14,001
    6.0%
    DC United
    17
    231,979
    13,646
    69.5%
    13,846
    -1.4%
    Earthquakes**
    17
    217,009
    12,765
    99.4%
    13,293
    -4.0%
    Chivas USA
    17
    142,224
    8,366
    44.5%
    13,056
    -35.9%
    MLS TOTALS
    323
    6,011,487
    18,611
    86.8%
    18,807
    -1.0%
     

    NOTES: * = Played its first two games at Montreal's Olympic Stadium this season and five games last season. ** = Includes designated Earthquakes home games played at AT&T Park last season and Stanford Stadium in both seasons.

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