First Kick is (almost) in the books with only a sold out Jeld-Wen Field left for Monday night. Here is a look at the first week of attendance figures from around Major League Soccer. The first set of games featured Colorado hosting Columbus and Vancouver hosting Montreal’s inaugural match. 21k sold out BC Place for Vancouver’s home opener while just over 14,700 were DSG for the Rapids. Just over 16k came to RFK for United’s home opening lost to Sporting Kansas City. In the dueling nightcaps, the Galaxy fell to RSL before a 27k sellout, while San Jose sold out their home opener before just 10,500.
On Sunday, FC Dallas newly named FC Dallas Stadium brought 21k to the MetroPlex for the first telecast on the NBCSN. At night, Houston was hosted by Chivas USA before a reduced crowd at the HDC
No discussion of attendance would be complete without comment on the great crowds that came out midweek for the CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinals. In Seattle, more than 23,000 came to Century Link Field for the Sounders’ home win over Santos. In Toronto, TFC opened the Rogers Centre for their clash with the Beckham lead Galaxy. The match drew a remarkable crowd of more than 47k.
In other attendance news, Chivas USA has announced that it will reduce the capacity for its home dates at the HDC. to 18,000. The team has struggled at the gate when compared to its co-tenant. The Goats are also said to be looking for their own stadium site in Los Angeles.
One final note about the NBC broadcast. We will have more detail on the telecast in our next post, but first impressions were quite good. The production was top notch, the “between the benches” gimmick was seamless and the broadcast team did a solid job throughout.
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