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2018 MLS average attendance down compared to 2017 season

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2018 MLS average attendance down compared to 2017 season


Thursday January 01, 1970

MLS average attendance during the 2018 regular season dropped 1.09% compared to last year.
Despite LAFC selling out many of their games during their debut season, the addition of the new team to MLS didn’t have an impact on the league’s attendance because the stadium’s capacity is much smaller (22,000) compared to previous new teams such as Atlanta United and Orlando City (when they were at the Camping World Stadium).
Atlanta set a new season attendance record, beating its own gate from last season. Minnesota has the largest percentage increase, while unsurprisingly Columbus had the biggest decrease. It’s not a shock that Chicago had a large decrease, given their performance. But the average attendance for Supporters Shield winner Red Bulls downturn is disturbing.
Overall, the total reported attendance in 2018 surpassed 8.5 million with an average reported attendance of 21,873.
In 2019, we can expect a nominal increase. Portland’s expanded capacity of around 4,000 will be offset as Minnesota moves into Allianz Field with an approximate cap of 19,400, around 4,000 less than they drew this season. The increase will come from FC Cincinnati playing in Nippert Stadium.
 


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TEAM
2017 AVG
2018 AVG
INCREASE/DECREASE
Atlanta
48,200
53,002
9.96%
Seattle
43,666
40,641
-6.93%
Toronto
27,647
26,628
-3.69%
LA Galaxy
22,246
24,444
9.88%
Minnesota
20,538
23,902
16.38%
Orlando
25,028
23,866
-4.64%
NYCFC
22,321
23,211
3.99%
LAFC
NA
22,042
NA
Vancouver
21,416
21,946
2.48%
Portland
21,144
21,144
0%
Sporting KC
19,537
19,950
2.12%
San Jose
19,875
19,032
-4.24%
Salt Lake
18,781
18,605
-0.94%
Red Bulls
21,175
18,601
-12.16%
Montreal
20,046
18,569
-7.37%
NE Revs
19,367
18,347
-5.27%
DC United
17,904
17,635
-1.50%
Houston
17,500
16,906
-3.39%
Philadelphia
16,812
16,518
-1.75%
FC Dallas
15,122
15,512
2.58%
Colorado
15,322
15,333
0.07%
Chicago
17,383
14,806
-14.82%
Columbus
15,439
12,447
-19.38%


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AVG
GAMES PLAYED
 
 
 
2018
21,874
391
2017
22,114
374
2016
21,690
340
2015
21,547
374
2014
19,110
323

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