History was made on Saturday evening around 9 pm EST. With Colorado – Houston and Real Salt Lake – Vancouver kicking off at this time, 2012 Major League Soccer attendance surpassed the 6,000,000 threshold for the first time in league history. Not only did this mark the first time the feat had ever been achieved during the regular season, but it also represented the first time it had ever happened in one calendar year, playoffs included.
The 2011 regular season saw 5,468,030 people attend MLS regular-season matches. After one adds in the playoff figures, final season attendance was 5,726,612 through 319 total matches. At the end of the 2012 regular season, both the total and average figure have been surpassed in just four more matches. Total league attendance this season is at 6,072,677 through 323 matches, resulting in an average of 18,801 per contest.
This marks a 5.22 percent growth in average attendance from last season’s figure of 17,869.
During the final 10 matches of the regular season, 192,851 fans made their way to MLS stadiums, generating an average of 19,285 per match. When compared with the other 32 weeks of the 2012 season, this figure ranks 12th.
Six matches sold out during Week 33, bringing the season total to 108.
Sporting Kansas City, Philadelphia, Chicago, Portland, Real Salt Lake and Los Angeles posted the final shutouts of the regular season. The Timbers have now sold out two straight seasons of MLS home matches. Chicago’s sellout was an impressive sign, as it was the club’s second of the 2012 season. Kansas City sold out 16 of 17 matches at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park this season while the Union played to capacity at PPL Park on seven occasions.
The first match of the 2012 MLS Playoffs is set for Wednesday, October 31. The Chicago Fire will host the Houston Dynamo at 9 pm EST. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN2.