MLS Ticket Information
Major League Soccer has been on the rise in recent years in the United States as both teams and fans have been growing since its first season in 1996. In part due to a growing fan base, the recent surge in popularity amongst the MLS can be attributed to the individual athletes as well. From David Beckham to Landon Donovan and international stars like Thierry Henry, the accumulation of such familiar faces to the MLS has played a major role in the MLS ticket demand over the past decade.
Where performance can have an dramatic effect on the price of tickets in other sports, soccer appears to be the exception. Whether it’s the fans loyalty or not, teams like the Toronto FC, who have never been among the top teams and finished only ahead of United in 2013, currently hold the most expensive ticket in the MLS ($104 per ticket).
Similarly, the Portland Timbers rough start to the 2014 season has created an increase of 43.64% to the average ticket in 2013 to $79 this year. The 2013 MLS Champions, Sporting Kansas City, only saw a 3% year-over-year increase in average ticket price while their opponent in the Eastern Conference Championship, Houston Dynamo, saw a 47% increase to a $66 average ticket price, the third most expensive in the east.