Prepare to be shocked. Verde fans packed Q2 Stadium in its inaugural MLS season.
Ever since those black gates swung open on June 19, over 290,000 ticket holders have witnessed glorious soccer on the ATX pitch, according to the final tally of 2021 MLS fan attendance numbers by soccerstadiumdeigest.com.
Austin FC ranked fifth overall in average attendance among all 27 MLS clubs in its first season. Comparing the feat at Q2 to other MLS clubs with brand new stadiums, Columbus Crew (Lower.com stadium) ranked 10th and FC Cincy (TQL Stadium) ranked fourth overall.
Against its Texas compadres, the comparison is laughable—FC Dallas ranked 17th and Houston ranked 21st in fan attendance in 2021.
The club achieved that lofty perch by filling every seat in the house for 14 straight home matches—an average of 20,738 fans each game.
For you non-believers in Austin pro soccer don’t expect those numbers to go down anytime soon. For 2022, 96 percent of Oak Collective Members (season ticker holders) renewed their seats.
Those 4 percent that didn’t renew have over 25,000 waitlist members desperate to get a year-long seat inside the stadium on matchday.
If you followed CCS for any length of time, you know fan attendance figures are our jam. Here’s a snapshot of mid-season attendance numbers in Week 17. ATXFC at max capacity finished fourth that week.
Will Austin FC expand Q2 Stadium and add more seats for the 2022 season?
Important to note: In the sports world, “attendance” isn’t actually butts in seats. It really means tickets distributed.
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