Numbers from the MLS show that attendance was on the rise in 2016, marking the third straight season with an attendance increase.
Counting the more than 283,000 fans that attendance matches across the league on Sunday, the MLS attracted more than 7 million fans this season. The league’s per-match average attendance. meanwhile, rose to 21,692. Additionally there was a record 162 sellouts league-wide this season, surpassing the mark of 161 that was set in 2015.
Overall, 11 teams increased their attendance, including the Montreal Impact, which attracted 351,366 fans amidst a strong year in the city’s soccer scene. Toronto FC also saw a nice gain, drawing 451,917 spectators compared to 398,671 last year.
The Seattle Sounders outpaced the league with a total attendance of 742,809, averaging 42,636 fans per match. Rounding out the top 10 is Orlando City SC, NYC FC, Toronto, LA Galaxy, Vancouver Whitecaps, Portland Timbers, Montreal, New York Red Bulls, and New England Revolution.
Attendance for the 2016 MLS season can be found here. For comparison purposes, here are the 2015 totals.
Image courtesy Orlando City SC.