2012 Club-by-Club Attendance Figures: Eastern Conference

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The 2012 Major League Soccer season was the most attended in the 17-year history of the league. During 338 regular season and playoff matches, a total of 6.4 million fans made their way to MLS stadiums throughout North America, generating an average attendance of 18,959 per match.

In order to get a more detailed perspective of how great this season truly was, take a look at the Eastern Conference club-by-club breakdown below. Which club’s attendance do you think improved the most from 2011 to 2012? The answer may surprise you.

Montreal Impact (Saputo Stadium: 20,341)
Home matches: 17
Sellouts: 6
Total attendance: 387,124
Average attendance: 22,772
Highest attendance: 60,860 … Match 11 … May 12 vs. Los Angeles
Average compared to last season: 97.8% increase (from 2011 NASL season)

Columbus Crew (Crew Stadium: 20,145)
Home matches: 17
Sellouts: 0
Total attendance: 244,752
Average attendance: 14,397
Highest attendance: 19,674 … Match 15 … June 30 vs. Real Salt Lake
Average compared to last season: 18.2% increase

Houston Dynamo (BBVA Compass Stadium: 22,000)
Home matches: 19
Sellouts: 9
Total attendance: 398,876
Average attendance: 20,993
Highest attendance: 22,101 … Match 38 … November 11 vs. D.C. United
Average compared to last season: 16.1% increase

Chicago Fire (Toyota Park: 20,000)
Home matches: 18
Sellouts: 2
Total attendance: 289,663
Average attendance: 16,092
Highest attendance: 20,356 … Match 18 … July 8 vs. Los Angeles
Average compared to last season: 12.7% increase

Sporting Kansas City (LIVESTRONG Sporting Park: 18,467)
Home matches: 18
Sellouts: 17
Total attendance: 350,768
Average attendance: 19,487
Highest attendance: 21,010 … Match 31 … September 28 vs. Chicago
Average compared to last season: 9.4% increase

New England Revolution (Gillette Stadium: 20,000)
Home matches: 17
Sellouts: 2
Total attendance: 238,025
Average attendance: 14,001
Highest attendance: 25,534 … Match 33 … October 20 vs. Chicago
Average compared to last season: 3.3% increase

Philadelphia Union (PPL Park: 18,500)
Home matches: 17
Sellouts: 7
Total attendance: 306,904
Average attendance: 18,053
Highest attendance: 19,074 … Match 2 … March 18 vs. Colorado
Average compared to last season: 1.2% decrease

D.C. United (RFK Stadium: 19,467)
Home matches: 19
Sellouts: 2
Total attendance: 272,953
Average attendance: 14,365
Highest attendance: 20,015 … Match 37 … November 18 vs. Houston
Average compared to last season: 5.5% decrease

New York Red Bulls (Red Bull Arena: 25,000)
Home matches: 18
Sellouts: 3
Total attendance: 324,817
Average attendance: 18,045
Highest attendance: 25,219 … Match 33 … October 20 vs. Sporting Kansas City
Average compared to last season: 9.1% decrease

Toronto FC (BMO Field: 20,000)
Home matches: 17
Sellouts: 1
Total attendance: 308,630
Average attendance: 18,155
Highest attendance: 20,071 … Match 15 … June 30 vs. New York
Average compared to last season: 10.4% decrease

Stay tuned for the Western Conference breakdown coming soon!

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2 Responses to 2012 Club-by-Club Attendance Figures: Eastern Conference

  1. Brooks Compton says:

    Why the increase in Columbus?

    • Brett Compton says:

      The league put a lot of pressure on Columbus this season to improve its attendance figures. That combined with a few exciting player signings seemed to galvanize the fan base.

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