It was a monster Week 12 of 2017 MLS attendance, as a jam-packed 18-game schedule yielded a total of 344,207 fans attending league matches, for an average of 21,513.
Here are the numbers after the 12th week of play:
|Team||Average||Total||Matches||Week 12||Week 12|
|1||Atlanta United FC||48,031||192,123||4||44,893|
|4||Orlando City SC||25,527||178,689||7||25,527|
|11||New York Red Bulls||19,702||137,915||7||21,025|
|13||Real Salt Lake||18,413||110,476||6||16,434|
|14||San Jose Earthquakes||18,000||108,000||6||18,000|
The mark of 344,207 was easily the highest of the season, surpassing Week 1’s total of 277,148. There are a few other interesting trends in the numbers. Both Atlanta and Seattle drew their usual strong crowds, and Orlando City registered yet another sellout in their new stadium. Sporting KC, Philadelphia Union, New York Red Bull and DC United all drew crowds that boosted their season average. Yes, it is an unusual situation where there are 18 games in a week of play, but that doesn’t detract from that impressive total.
Coming up, we expect Atlanta and Seattle to continue to battle for the 2017 MLS attendance crown, as they both have the capability to draw huge crowds throughout the season — even after Atlanta moves to the new downtown Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
All attendance figures come from the MLS website. Image courtesy Atlanta United.