Despite four of the five top-drawing teams playing this week on the road, this week’s 2017 MLS attendance numbers were among the best of the season, as the top four box-office draws are now evenly split between the United States and Canada: Atlanta, Seattle, Toronto and Montreal.
Here are the numbers after the eighth week of play:
|1||Atlanta United FC||50,610||101,219||2|
|5||Orlando City SC||25,527||102,108||4|
|12||Real Salt Lake||18,971||75,882||4|
|13||New York Red Bulls||18,925||75,700||4|
|14||San Jose Earthquakes||18,000||72,000||4|
The league total of 226,601 was the third-highest of the season, trailing only weeks 1 and 2. The average of 18,883 was among the lowest of the season, a number dragged down by two small New England Revolution crowds. Still, the total attendance was an impressive number, considering that of the top five MLS teams on the attendance front, only one — Toronto FC — was in action. Above-average crowds for Toronto FC, NYC FC and New York Red Bulls paced the league attendance.
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 Toronto FC.