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Take Me Out to the Playoffs – Conference Semifinals

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The playoff numbers look like this…

5 year comparison
Conference Semifinals – 1st Leg
  Avg +/- Home Teams
 2009   10,476     Chivas  NE Revs  RSL  Seattle
 2010   19,985   90.77%   Colorado  Dallas  San Jose  Seattle
 2011   16,718   -16.35%   Colorado  Philadelphia  RSL  RBNY
 2012   25,047   49.82%   DC United  Houston  Los Angeles  Seattle
 2013   25,324   1.11%   Houston  Los Angeles  New England  Seattle
5 year comparison
Conference Semifinals – 2nd Leg
  Avg +/- Home Teams
 2009   21,526  NA  Chicago  Columbus  Houston  LA
 2010   19,871   -7.69%   Salt Lake  Columbus  New York  LA
 2011   24,834   24.97%   Houston  Kansas City  LA  Seattle
 2012   16,333   -34.23%   RBNY  RSL  San Jose  SKC
 2013   20,253   24.00%   PTL  RBNY  RSL  SKC
5 year comparison
Conference Semifinals – Both Legs
  Avg +/- Home Teams
 2009   16,001  NA  CHI, CHV, CLB, HOU, LA, NE, RSL, SEA
 2010   19,928   24.55%   CLB, COL, DAL, LA, RBNY, RSL, SJ, SEA
 2011   20,776   4.25%   COL, HOU, LA, PHL, RBNY, RSL, SEA, SKC
 2012   20,690   -0.41%   DCU, HOU, LA, RBNY, RSL, SEA, SJ, SKC
 2013   22,789   10.15%   HOU, LA, NE, RBNY, PTL, RSL, SEA, SKC

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I had a little extra time, so I put together this chart of the last three years attendance in the CONCACAF Champions League knockout rounds along with last year’s group phase numbers. As with all my posts, if you find any errors, please let me know by commenting.

There isn’t much we can glean from the numbers. Some of the stadiums outside of the USA, Canada and Mexico are small. Columbus draws terribly for this tournament, not unlike how they’ve been drawing in recent league play.

One thing to look for is if the change in the tourney’s structure effects group play attendance. Going from 4 groups of 4 to eliminating the preliminary rounds and going with 8 groups of three means there are 4 group games versus 6. Only the group winners advance, vs the top two in the old model, adding importance to each match. Whether that shows up at the gate is something we will find out shortly.

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