Major League Soccer

Attendance is growing… kind of

Opening weekend saw great crowds at venues in Seattle, LA, Portland and Orlando. And at first glance, the total growth compared to opening weekend in 2015 was positive. Yes, a 1.22 percent combined increase over 10 games seems minor, but for such a young league, growth is growth.

Looking closer, there are a few important notes we can glean:

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Key findings:

– The new teams continue to carry the league in attendance
– Vancouver was the only club to increase attendance on opening day, compared to 2015
– Despite a promise from executives to sell out every game in 2016, FC Dallas couldn’t even increase attendance compared to 2015
– The 1.22 percent growth from 2015 to 2016 is largely a benefit of DC United’s poor showing in 2015

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