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MLS breaks regular-season attendance records for third straight season

Major League Soccer logged a third straight regular-season attendance record in 2016, and the league now ranks sixth in the world in attendance – ahead of Italy’s Serie A and France’s Ligue 1, according to ESPNFC.com.

The regular-season numbers were finalized Monday, after nine of 10 Decision Day matches sold out, according to Soccer America. Sunday also saw MLS set a record for most fans in a single day with 283,807.

For the year, MLS drew more than 7 million fans across 330 matches. Average attendance per match was 21,692, up slightly vs. 2015.

Seattle Sounders FC led the league with total home attendance of 724,809, averaging 42,636 fans per game. The biggest percentage gains were posted by the league’s Canadian clubs, two of whom saw their average attendance go increase by double-digit percentages: Montreal Impact (20,669; 16.5%) and Toronto FC (25,583; 13.4%). The Vancouver Whitecaps (22,330) were up 8.89 percent.

Overall, 11 clubs increased their attendance and 10 averaged more than 20,000 fans, both matching highs first set last season. MLS also set a new record with 162 sellouts, one more than the previous high, also set in 2015. Average attendance has also increased 40 percent in the 10-year span since 2006, when average attendance was 15,504.

MLS Attendance

 

Dates

Total

Avg.

% of Cap

Prev.

+/-

Capacity

SEA

17

724,809 

42,636

111.32

44,247

-3.64

38,300

ORL

17

532,500

31,324

104.41

32,847

-4.64

30,000

NYC

17

462,336

27,196

98.79

29,016

-6.27

27,528

TOR

17

451,917

26,583

88.61

23,451

13.36

30,000

LA

17

427,492

25,147

97.97

23,392

7.50

25,667

VAN

17

379,603

22,330

100.95

20,507

8.89

22,120

POR

17

359,448

21,144

100

21,142

0.01

21,144

MTL

17

351,366

20,669

102.93

17,750

16.45

20,081

NY

17

350,535

20,620

81.86

19,822

4.03

25,189

NE

17

343,150

20,185

100.93

19,627

2.84

20,000

SJ

17

338,816

19,930

110.72

20,979

-5

18,000

RSL

17

335,909 

19,759

97.75

20,160

-1.99

20,213

SKC

17

333,155

19,597

106.12

19,687

-0.46

18,467

HOU

17

323,361

19,021

86.31

20,658

-7.92

22,039

PHI

17

297,825

17,519

94.7

17,451

0.39

18,500

CLB

17

291,128

17,125

85.76

16,513

3.71

19,968

DC

17

290,381

17,081

86.94

16,224

5.28

19,647

COL

17

276,721

16,278

90.43

15,657

3.97

18,000

CHI

17

265,234

15,602

78.01

16,003

-2.51

20,000

DAL

17

239,601

14,094

85.42

16,013

-11.98

16,500

Totals

330

7,375,287

21,692

95.50

21,558

0.62

 

MLS vs World Attendance

Source ESPNFC.com

Bundesliga (GER)

41,968

Premier League (ENG)

35,516

La Liga (ESP)

38,076

Liga MX (MEX)

26,794

Chinese Super League (CHN)

24,255

MLS (USA)

21,692

Serie A (ITA)

21,069

Ligue 1 (FRA)

20,898

Championship (ENG)

19,553

2.Bundesliga (GER)

19,176

 

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