New England Soccer Today

Revs at Bottom of Attendance Table in ’12

Although the fans in The Fort have never wavered in their support for the Revolution, the early-season attendance figures at Gillette Stadium don't look promising. (Photo: Art Donahue/

Although the Revolution may be playing inspired soccer this season, one thing that hasn’t looked good in 2012 is the team’s home attendance record.

According to a report from Soccer America, the Revolution currently sit at the bottom of the league’s attendance table, with an average attendance of 11,657 10,389 through its first two home games. Last year, the Revolution averaged 13,222 fans per game.

The 11,657 average is well below the league average of 19,490 through the first six weeks of the season. Although cold, early-spring temperatures have often been blamed for low, early-season attendance figures in the past, both of the Revolution’s home games have kicked off with the thermometer registering 55 degrees or above.

Meanwhile, the Montreal Impact are experiencing the expected expansion bump in its first two games, with an average of 41,016 fans to lead the league in average attendance. Rounding out the top three is Seattle (38,549) and Los Angeles (22,233).


  1. Peter C

    April 18, 2012 at 12:36 am

    10,389 was the attendance at the DCU game.
    The Revs are averaging 11,657 thru 2 home games, for an increase of 16.4% over the first two home games in 2011. Even with the increase, they are still bottom in attendance.
    Check in at for a weekly MLS attendance update.

  2. Brian O'Connell

    April 18, 2012 at 12:48 am

    You are correct, Peter C. Thanks for the heads up – we’ve since corrected it.

  3. rick sewall

    April 18, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Brian, in what way are the Revs playing inspired soccer?I don’t see it. When the back four learn to play as a unit, and when the team learns to play possession soccer I would agree that they are playing in an inspired fashion. Any full time professional team should at least be able to do these things.

  4. Brian O'Connell

    April 18, 2012 at 9:10 am

    All good points – and all of which I agree with. But, compared to the Revs of 2011, I think thus year’s team is playing with much more fire. Granted, they’re not playing like a top-tier team at the moment. But at least they’re playing to win, even if there are still a few things that need to improve.

    In hindsight, I probably shoud’ve added a qualifier to state that their current form is more inspired than last year. I guess you could say this article wasn’t very inspired 😉

  5. rick sewall

    April 18, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Brian, I appreciate your reply to my reply. I agree they are playing in a more inspired fashion than last year. I think Heaps is doing well so far, but we’ll have to wait until July and August when the going gets tough in many aspects of team play. Getting good players is very difficult. I wish they were playing on grass. The junk they play on makes he game all the more difficult for players of MLS caliber.

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