2012 Club-by-Club Attendance Figures: Western 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 Western 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.

FC Dallas (FC Dallas Stadium: 20,500)
Home matches: 17
Sellouts: 3
Total attendance: 241,390
Average attendance: 14,199
Highest attendance: 22,565 … Match 23 … July 28 vs. Los Angeles
Average compared to last season: 14% increase

San Jose Earthquakes (Buck Shaw Stadium: 10,525)
Home matches: 18
Sellouts: 11
Total attendance: 236,721
Average attendance: 13,251
Highest attendance: 50,391 … Match 17 … June 30 vs. Los Angeles
Average compared to last season: 11.7% increase

Seattle Sounders (CenturyLink Field: 38,500)
Home matches: 19
Sellouts: 12
Total attendance: 812,277
Average attendance: 42,751
Highest attendance: 66,452 … Match 31 … October 7 vs. Portland
Average compared to last season: 11.1% increase

Real Salt Lake (Rio Tinto Stadium: 20,213)
Home matches: 18
Sellouts: 11 (4 due to adjusted stadium capacity for concerts)
Total attendance: 344,139
Average attendance: 19,119
Highest attendance: 20,524 … Match 30 … September 22 vs. Portland
Average compared to last season: 8.7% increase

Portland Timbers (Jeld-Wen Field: 20,438)
Home matches: 17
Sellouts: 17
Total attendance: 347,446
Average attendance: 20,438
Highest attendance: 20,438 … Every match
Average compared to last season: 8.6% increase

Colorado Rapids (Dick’s Sporting Goods Park: 18,086)
Home matches: 17
Sellouts: 2
Total attendance: 257,972
Average attendance: 15,175
Highest attendance: 19,152 … Match 7 … April 21 vs. Los Angeles
Average compared to last season: 2.3% increase

Los Angeles Galaxy (Home Depot Center: 27,000)
Home matches: 21
Sellouts: 9
Total attendance: 492,532
Average attendance: 23,453
Highest attendance: 30,510 … Match 39 … December 1 vs. Houston
Average compared to last season: 0.9% increase

Vancouver Whitecaps (BC Place: 21,000)
Home matches: 17
Sellouts: 5
Total attendance: 331,081
Average attendance: 19,475
Highest attendance: 21,000 … Five times
Average compared to last season: 4.6% decrease

Chivas USA (Home Depot Center: 18,800)
Home matches: 17
Sellouts: 1
Total attendance: 221,950
Average attendance: 13,056
Highest attendance: 18,800 … Match 11 … May 19 vs. Los Angeles
Average compared to last season: 12% decrease

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

  1. NMG says:

    As a Timbers fan, I’d like to note that our increase over last year’s attendance was due to more seats being opened up in the stadium. Last year we also sold out every available seat in every game. I’m not sure if any more seats are being made available next season or not. The concern seems to be with keeping crowds in concourses, rest rooms, and concession lines at manageable levels. We need a bigger field.

    • Brett Compton says:

      Thirty-four MLS sellouts in a row is pretty awesome. Great stuff you all have going up there. Would be neat to see expansion, but sounds as though you guys are a bit limited with the current facility.

      Think you’ll get a World Cup qualifier? I hope so.

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