At this point, six million is an inevitability. Major League Soccer attendance didn’t quite reach this point during Week 32, but it is not far down the road. Through 313 matches of the 2012 season, a total of 5,879,826 fans have made their way to MLS stadia, generating an average of 18,785 per match.
The 32nd week of the season featured 10 matches, seven of which were sold out. The total attendance figure for the week reached 228,944, to average 22,894 per contest. This average attendance figure ranks third when compared with the other 31 weeks of this season.
As you can imagine, having Seattle play at home twice had a considerable impact on the week’s attendance. The Sounders hosted crowds of 38,356 and 38,755, packing CenturyLink Field for matches against Real Salt Lake and FC Dallas, respectively. Seattle’s average attendance for the 2012 season has been tremendous, coming in at a rate of 43,104 per match.
The Eastern Conference really brought it this week, combining for four sellouts in five matches. Toronto FC was the lone Eastern Conference club to not record a sellout, as New York, D.C. United, New England and Houston all packed their facilities for home matches.
For those wondering, the conference sellout count is as follows:
East – 43
West – 59
The 33rd week of the 2012 MLS season begins on Wednesday, October 24 when Sporting Kansas City hosts the Philadelphia Union at 8:30 pm EST. The match will be broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network.