Fans of Major League Soccer, and the league office itself, are always trying to find ways to try and measure just how much North America’s top-flight is growing.
This stat may be a little indicator, as attendance figures for the 2015 season so far are up 11.14 percent compared to 2014.
The guys over at WorldSoccerTalk have put together a handy table to show the yearly changes in attendance at each MLS club from 2014 to 2015, and on the face of it there’s no real surprise there’s been an increase in attendance figures when you consider Chivas USA have been replaced with Orlando City SC and New York City FC.
One of the most surprising stats to take out of these attendance figures is a 28.5 decrease in the number of fans turning up to watch the Montreal Impact, plus a 22 percent increase in fans to watch Columbus’ home games.
Unsurprisingly the Seattle Sounders lead the way with an average attendance of 40,067 through four home games, while Orlando is next with 37,446 after six games at the Citrus Bowl. Toronto is in third after their opener at a revamped BMO with an average of 30,226 and then 2015 expansion side, New York City, come in as the fourth most-watched team with an average of 27,002 fans turning up at Yankee Stadium. The likes of LA, Portland, Houston, Vancouver and the Red Bulls are next with averages hovering just over 20,000 fans per home game.
With San Jose almost doubling its capacity since moving into its new Avaya Stadium home, Toronto’s new expansion turning BMO Field into a 30,000-seater venue, plus Orlando and NYCFC both able to expand their capacities to 65,000 and 50,000 respectively for big games, the only way is up for attendance figures in MLS.
Bums on seats is always a good thing and across the league the signs are positive as we enter the summer months when attendances are likely to increase further.