Detroit soccer attendance history

Posted by Charles Cuttone 03/05/2017 0 Comment(s)

Paris Saint-Germain will play AS Roma at Comerica Park on July 19 at 8 p.m. ET as part of the International Champions Cup. The friendly will be the first soccer game at the Detroit Tigers' ballpark.


The last two ICC games in Michigan have sent the turnstiles spinning. The first, between Real Madrid and Manchester United in 2014 at Michigan Stadium, drew a U.S. record crowd of 109,318. Last year's match at the "Big House," between Real Madrid and Chelsea, drew 105,826.

Comerica Park holds 41,297 for baseball.


Other Detroit soccer attendance notes:

The largest soccer crowd ever at the Pontiac Silverdome was 77,217 for a World Cup game between Brazil and Sweden on June 28, 1994.

 

The first soccer game ever played at the Silverdome, an exhibition match between the Dallas Tornado and Pele's New York Cosmos on Sept 6, 1976, drew 23,862.  A year later, the Cosmos, sans Pele, drew 24,689 for a game against Santos, the only other team the Brazilian legend ever played for in a rematch of his farewell game which was only four days before the October 5, 1977 tilt in the Motor City.

 

 

The largest crowd the NASL Detroit Express ever drew to the Silverdome was 32,319 for a playoff game against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers on Aug. 16, 1978. Earlier that season, their largest regular season crowd of 28,523 came through the gates for a game with the Tampa Bay Rowdies on Apr. 16.

 

 

The American Soccer League's Detroit Express drew 23,726 to the Silverdome for their championship game win over the Oklahoma City Slickers on Sept 24, 1982, but that crowd was aided by a huge ticket giveaway conducted by the Metro Detroit Dodge Dealers.

 

 

It was a match between the U.S. Women's National Team on their 2015 World Cup victory tour that set the soccer attendance record at Ford Field, home of the Lions, with 34,538 fans witnessing a 5-0 win over Haiti.

 

One of the largest crowds in the early history of the U.S. Open Cup was in Detroit, when 10,000 spectators saw Fall River defeat Holley Carburetor 7-0 at the University of Detroit Stadium on May 1, 1927.

 

The best crowd the Detroit Cougars ever drew to the University of Detroit Stadium was 11,629 for their first ever game in the United Soccer Association on  June 4, 1967  against the Vancouver Canadians . Their biggest crowd at Tiger Stadium was 11,097 on June 23, 1968 for a game against the San Diego Toros.

 

The North American Soccer Guide's history section includes a breakdown of stadium attendance records for every North American stadium that has hosted a soccer crowd of 35,000 or more.

 

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