TAMPA, FL (October 8, 2017) – The United Soccer League surpassed an attendance of two million fans for the 2017 season on Sunday night. This comes in a year when the league continues to set new records in attendance in many aspects.
USL Attendance Reaches Two Million For 2017 Season
The #USL has become the first-second division in North American history to surpass the attendance mark.
Thank you fans! pic.twitter.com/MXtspn0XgE
— USL (@USL) October 8, 2017
This milestone comes on a weekend of several teams having well attended games. Real Monarchs SLC hosted a game at Rio Tinto Stadium, setting a season-high attendance result of 8,402. Louisville City FC and San Antonio FC had an attendance of over 7,000 each.
LA Galaxy II, Phoenix Rising FC, and Saint Louis FC all had sell out home games as well. With this past weekend’s game, Ottawa Fury FC set a season record of over 100,000 in attendance, a record for the club. This accomplishment comes with USL overall attendance trending 33% up from the 2016 numbers.
USL President Jake Edwards spoke on the major accomplishment: “The remarkable passion shown by our fans has been a wonder to behold throughout this season, and has helped the league make history yet again this weekend. The USL’s growth over the past three years, which has seen our average attendance first break the one million-mark two years ago, then quickly surpass the two million-mark this year, is a testament to the raised standards the league has implemented and the outstanding level of competition we see on the field week-in and week-out.
“In addition to the outstanding fans across the United States and Canada that have pushed us past this mark, I’d also like to pay tribute to our world-class ownership groups that have made this growth possible. We are incredibly proud of everything the league and its clubs have already accomplished this year with the excitement of the 2017 USL Cup Playoffs still to come.”
The USL has 17 games this coming week to end the regular season. The quarterfinals for both the Eastern and Western Conference will begin between October 20-22.