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2019 MLS Attendance

Columbus Crew 2019 season opener
A strong home opener for FC Cincinnati and another big crowd for Atlanta United FC led 2019 MLS attendance in Week 3.

Here are both season and Week 3 totals for 2019 MLS attendance, as of March 18:

Team Av. Total Gms 2018 YOY Week 3
1 Atlanta United FC 56,517 113,033 2 53,002 0.07 42,651
2 Seattle Sounders 38,368 76,736 2 40,641 -0.06
3 FC Cincinnati 32,250 32,250 1 NA NA 32,250
4 Vancouver Whitecaps 27,837 27,837 1 21,946 0.27
5 Orlando City SC 23,940 47,879 2 23,866 0.00 22,352
6 LA Galaxy 23,522 47,043 2 24,444 -0.04 21,177
7 Toronto FC 23,271 23,271 1 26,628 -0.13 23,271
8 NYC FC 22,350 44,700 2 23,211 -0.04 20,339
9 LAFC 22,051 44,102 2 22,042 0.00
10 Sporting KC 18,738 18,738 1 19,950 -0.06
11 San Jose Earthquakes 17,206 34,411 2 19,032 -0.10
12 Real Salt Lake 17,096 17,096 1 18,605 -0.08
13 D.C. United 17,066 34,132 2 17,635 -0.03 17,190
14 Philadelphia Union 16,498 16,498 1 16,518 0.00
15 FC Dallas 15,774 31,547 2 15,512 0.02
16 New York Red Bulls 15,621 15,621 1 18,601 -0.16 15,621
17 Houston Dynamo 14,326 42,977 3 16,906 -0.15 13,549
18 Columbus Crew 13,809 27,618 2 12,447 0.11 9,687
19 NE Revolution 13,808 13,808 1 18,347 -0.25
20 Colorado Rapids 11,877 23,754 2 15,333 -0.23 11,037
21 Chicago Fire 10,537 21,073 2 14,806 -0.29 10,032
22 Minnesota United 0 0 0 23,902 NA
22 Portland Timbers 0 0 0 21,144 NA
22 Montreal Impact 0 0 0 18,569 NA
TOTALS 21,546 754,124 35 21,873 0.01 239,156
WEEKLY AV. 19,930

By the time Week 3 rolls around, we can begin to see some seasonal trends. And the trend so far: it’s really cold across much of the country, and it’s hard to draw huge crowds in the cold. The opening of the FC Cincinnati season — and the first MLS game for the squad — was certainly an event, snd venerable Nippert Stadium was rocking. Atlanta United FC notched its usual large crowd, albeit in only the first deck. Other than that, you’re seeing teams in cold-weather climes begin the season a little slowly — but given MLS’s attendance history, this is to be expected, and things will inevitably pick up once the late spring and summer approaches.

Photo courtesy Columbus Crew.

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