Before we get to attendance, a quick look at some disappointing MLS attendance numbers. Even looking at NBCSN numbers, the numbers reveal that the league is struggling to gain viewers. In a week with two MLS games, neither broke the top 20 of NBCSN programming for the week, trailing a number of fishing shows and plenty of NHL hockey. Despite the occasional match drawing more than 100k, many of the recent NBCSN games have drawn closer to 50k. More recent numbers can be found here.
On to the somewhat more rosy attendance figures from the past week. The Canadian teams all did well with TFC starting the show with a rare 20k plus number at BMO Field. Montreal hosted the NBCSN match with just under 20k in attendance at Stade Saputo. Later in the day, just under 20k packed BC Place for an exciting the match featuring the Canadian side. Buoyed by 7k free tickets to first responders at Gillette, the Revs managed more than 18k for their resounding win over over Philly, while Columbus just crept across the 14k number. KC became the second team to cross the 20k boundary as they just made it over that hump.
Later in the evening more than 16,500 filled Rio Tinto for Saturday evening match. Oddly, the number was less than half the amount that recently watched an RSL reserve match. Chivas USA once again failed to cross the 10k threshold. On Sunday Houston brought in a solid number, falling just shy of 20k at BBVA Compass.
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