So, with too much time on my hands, I sat down and counted the actual number of tickets available to every single remaining home game except for Toronto (more on that later). I just counted the number of tickets available through the club, I didn't include resale. My goal was to see how much work is left for the club to sell out every remaining home game.
Here are the numbers as of 9:30 a.m. August 30:
- Dallas -- 0
- New England* -- 681
- Orlando -- 593
- Los Angeles* -- 1245
- Montreal -- 498
- Philadelphia* -- 1003
- Minnesota* -- 1228
- Toronto -- 5000 (approximate)
* = Weeknight game
(So, I lied -- I didn't count every single available seat for the Toronto game, as there were 28 sections that had over 100 seats available, and even I am not that obsessive. Remember that Orlando and Toronto are the two games where the entire stadium is open, including the third tier, so there are a total of about 71,000 seats available for each of those two games. For Toronto, I took one section with over 100 seats available and counted how many were unsold. That particular section had 113 sets left. I raised that estimate to 125 available seats for each section that still had 100+ left, multiplied 28 X 125, and added that to all the other sections' available seats and came up with about 5000 available seats.)
So my conclusion is that, with the possible exception of Toronto, we will easily sell out every remaining home game. And I believe we will get there pretty easily with Toronto too. As a matter of fact, most of the games could probably already be declared a sell out. Isn't there some standard that if there are less than 1000 seats available the team can officially say the game is sold out? (Does anyone know if that is true?)
Of course, the team doesn't want to declare a sell out until every last seat is filled. In any case, we are going to be setting a new average attendance record in MLS. Well done!