Photo credit: Bettina Hansen, The Seattle Times
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Sunday’s game could have been played in front of an empty stadium — with zero fans in the stands — and Sounders FC would still have set MLS records in average attendance and total attendance this season.
Instead, 38,755 showed up and Seattle officially set new league high-marks at a 43,144 average and 733,441 in total.
Amazing. I say it all the time. The Sounders say it all the time. League officials say it all the time.
Seattle, of course, has set average attendance records now in each of its four seasons in MLS (30,943 in 2009; 36,173 in 2010; 38,498 in 2011). Total attendance here last year was 654,431.
The team’s winning percentage at home has also been on the uptick (7-2-6, 1.8 PPM in 2009 … 8-4-3, 1.8 PPM in 2010 … 9-4-4, 1.82 PPM in 2011 … 11-4-2, 2.06 PPM in 2012).
And with four Cascadia Cup games expected at CenturyLink Field in 2013 — and expected increased capacity for those games to match — there’s no reason to think I won’t be writing a similar post at this time next season.
Seattle Sounders averaged 43,144 attendance, higher than all but 5 Premier League, 3 La Liga and 2 Serie A teams seattletimes.com/html/soundersf…
— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) October 23, 2012