Winners & losers: MLS fan attendance (week 1)

Opening weekend Major League Soccer (MLS) stadium attendance winners & losers as of March 2, 2020. We compiled fan attendance stats from 13 matches played in Week 1.

Biggest takeaways:

  • Nashville was a smash hit with nearly 60K fans. But will it be a one-hit wonder?
  • Houston feels the Chicharito effect with a sell-out crowd
  • Rooney-less DC United near bottom in attendance
  • Dallas and Columbus pick up where they left off last year (at the bottom)

Overall, average fan attendance was 24,735. Higher than Week 1 of 2019. Six stadiums had sell-outs this weekend: Houston, LAFC, Orlando, Portland, San Jose, and Vancouver.

Nashville is temporarily playing in an NFL stadium until it’s soccer specific stadium is built.

Austin FC stadium at McKalla Place will seat 20,500 when it unveils in 2021.

To view last year’s MLS attendance stats, check out our previous post.