With 233 matches of the 2012 season in the books, Major League Soccer attendance continues to be strong. Three more sellouts were recorded during the 24th week of the season, bringing the 2012 total to 71.
Through the 12 matches of Week 24, a total of 253,475 fans made their way to MLS stadia, netting an average of 21,123 per contest. This brings the season total to 4,386,113, generating an average of 18,825 fans at each match.
The 24th week of the season ranks well amongst the others, sitting as the fourth highest average of the season.
Seattle, Montreal and Real Salt Lake posted the three sellouts of the week, hosting impressive crowds for their home matches. Sounders FC packed CenturyLink Field with 55,718 fans for a rivalry match with Vancouver; Montreal filled Stade Saputo to capacity for an important 3-1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes and Real Salt Lake welcomed a large crowd of 20,281 for a heartbreaking 2-1 defeat at the hands of visiting FC Dallas.
One of the unsung heroes of the week comes from the Midwest, as the Columbus Crew hosted a solid 17,019 for its match against the Los Angeles Galaxy on Wednesday evening. This marks the fourth consecutive home match during which the Crew has hosted 17,000 fans or more. The club has played to 75 percent capacity throughout this season, or an average of 15,075 fans per match. This is a marked improvement from last season’s figures of 60 percent and 12,185 per contest.
Week 25 of the 2012 MLS season begins on Wednesday, August 22 when Columbus hosts Toronto FC and D.C. United hosts the Chicago Fire at 7:30 pm EST. Real Salt Lake, Houston and Los Angeles will also be in action in CONCACAF Champions League play on Wednesday as well.