For the first time in a long time, I took in a big time college soccer match in person. On a beautiful Saturday night in Storrs, Connecticut, the UCONN hosted St. Louis in a battle of top 15 soccer teams. The atmosphere at Morrone Stadium was great, with more than 4k in attendance at the same time UCONN was hosting 15th ranked Michigan in football a few miles down the road. Tickets for a group of 8 were only $50 total and parking was free. Although there were major league prices for concessions ($4 for a water), the event was affordable, accessible and enjoyable. College soccer doesn’t have the same cache as some of the other major college sports, but for those fortunate enough to have college soccer close and accessible, I highly recommend the experience.
On to attendance, where the week started with a Friday night showdown on NBCSN from Jeld-Wen in Portland. The game drew the usual 20k sellout . The following day, more than 20k filled Stade Saputo as the sliding Impact managed a big crowd but another poor performance on the field. Toronto’s on the field struggles have finally caught up to the gate with less than 13k at BMO Field. Columbus’ late season surge at the gate continued with more than 19k in attendance, while the Revs managed an exciting win before a big crowd in excess of 19k at Gillette despite the football markings on the field turf.
The 20k numbers continued in Houston, with a solid crowd on hand for the home team’s shellacking of Chivas USA at BBVA Compass Stadium. The big numbers continued with more than 20k at Rio Tinto on Saturday night. The Dempsey/Donovan matchup never came off, but the crowds packed Stub Hub to the tune of a 27k sellout. On Sunday night, almost 20k were at Red Bull Arena for the Red Bulls’ win over Dallas.
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