Sporting KC sets attendance record in 2012

G. Newman Lowrance

Sporting Kansas City set an all-time attendance record this MLS season with an average of 19,404 per contest.

In their second year at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park, Sporting Kansas City set an all-time attendance record with an average of 19,404 per match this MLS season.

The attendance improved from the inaugural season in the home stadium when Sporting averaged 17,810. This year, Kansas City sold out 16 of its 17 home contests, including 15-straight from April 1 to Oct. 24. The attendance reached a peak with 21,010 on hand to witness Sporting defeat the Chicago Fire 2-0 on Sept. 28, setting the single-game record.

Attendance in general increased in the MLS this past season with seven other clubs averaging more than 19,000. The MLS now ranks seventh worldwide in attendance for professional soccer leagues, behind Liga MX (Mexico) and just ahead of Ligue 1 (France).

By claiming the top spot in the Eastern Conference standings in the regular season, Sporting will have home-field advantage in the playoffs, beginning with the semifinals on Nov. 4.

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