September 26, 2012
COUNTING THE HOUSE
Source: Red Bulls' Sept. 19 game drew 'under 5,000'
By Kristian R. Dyer
BigAppleSoccer.com Contributing Editor
UPPER MONTCLAIR, N.J. – The Sept. 19 game at Red Bull Arena between New York and Sporting Kansas City drew an announced crowd of 10,286. But there were far fewer people to actually witness the 2-0 loss by the Red Bulls.
A league source speaking on the condition of anonymity told BigAppleSoccer.com that the actual turnstile count for the match was “under 5,000.” This represents another low in a season of declining interest for New York City’s only MLS side.
BigAppleSoccer.com has been closely tracking the turnstile count at Red Bull Arena this year, including the home opener when there was an announced attendance of 21,024 but the actual body count at Red Bull Arena was under 14,000.
In addition, the mid-July day game geared towards campers was announced as 15,814 but had roughly 9,000 at the turnstile. Both numbers came from a league source.
The Red Bulls are averaging an announced attendance of 17,099, down from the 19,691 they averaged last year.