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Thursday, April 24, 2008

MLS cummulative stats Week 4

As promised. I've compiled my own analysis of the all important MLS attendance. I've been frustrated by the apparent lack of in-depth attendance figures for the league for those of us that wish for MLS to expand and gain more recognition. In other blogs I've seen plenty of numbers but not enough plots. Plots are an easier/prettier way to gauge numbers. I took it upon myself to devise different methods to analyze MLS attendance in relative terms. All figures were computed using public, official MLS attendance numbers. Note that these are cumulative numbers in the bar plots and pie plots (if provided). Individual team stats will be provided per week for all teams in line graphs as well as the effect of Beckham, Blanco, and the rest of the DP crew. I'll post those next month when more data is available.
  1. Plot 1: Computed using relative attendance (actual/MLS capacity). MLS capacity varies by venue and are the official figures of each one of the teams. Note that those teams in larger football stadiums shrink their capacity to reflect the smaller contingent of soccer fans.
  2. Plot 2: Actual attendance numbers
  • MLS stadium capacity and stadium per team
  • Chicago Fire: Toyota Park, 20,000
  • Chivas USA: Home Depot Center, 27,000
  • Colorado Rapids: Dick's Sporting Goods Park, 18,000
  • Columbus Crew: Crew Stadium, 22,500
  • DC United: RFK Stadium, 24,500
  • FC Dallas: Pizza Hut Park, 20,000
  • Kansas City Wizards: Community America Ballpark, 10,385
  • Houston Dynamo: Robertson Stadium, 32,000
  • LA Galaxy: Home Depot Center, 27,000
  • New England Revolution: Gillette Stadium, 20,000
  • New York Red Bulls: Giants Stadium, 25,576
  • Real Salt Lake: Rice Eccles Stadium, 25,562
  • San Jose Earthquakes: Buck Shaw Stadium, 10,500
  • Toronto FC: BMO Field, 20,000

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