MLS tickets are a must-have for soccer fans in the United States and Canada. Major League Soccer started to play in 1996 with 10 teams playing games in NFL stadiums. D.C. United was crowned as the first MLS Cup Champion in the inaugural season. After a successful first season, attendance dwindled in the following years with different rulesets in the American game alienating traditional soccer fans. There was a turning point in the popularity of soccer in America led by the success of the US Men’s National Soccer Team in the 2002 World Cup. Traditional rules were added back into the games and teams began adopting a European style of naming by including FC, SC and United into their names.
Since this time, the league has expanded exponentially and will see 30 teams compete in the league by 2022. A majority of the teams now play in their own soccer-specific stadiums with many sold-out games occurring throughout the league. The most successful team in the league has been the LA Galaxy with five MLS Cups and four regular-season Supporters' Shields to their name. Be sure to secure your MLS tickets for all of the exciting matchups coming to a stadium near you!
Major League Soccer is now ranked the third-highest sport in terms of average attendance per game in the United States, only surpassed by the NFL and MLB. The demand for soccer tickets is on the rise which will have an effect on MLS ticket prices going forward. Some of the factors that will affect soccer ticket prices include the teams playing against each other, the win-loss records of each team, the venue’s seating capacity, rivalry matchups and seating location inside the stadium.
MLS tickets remain affordable for families to enjoy a regular-season soccer match. The average price for a ticket is typically in the $45 to $55 range and has stayed steadily in that range over the past ten years. The teams with the most expensive average ticket prices are Los Angeles FC, Portland Timbers and Inter Miami CF with the average price at $90 or above. The cheapest average ticket prices in the league belong to New York City FC, New England Revolution and Montreal Impact with the average price being under $40 for each team.
The MLS schedule begins in late February or early March with regular season play that lasts through the first week of October. Each team plays a total of 34 games with half of those being played at home and the other half being away games on the road. Teams are split into an Eastern and Western conference with each team having two matches against every in-conference opponent and one match against every non-conference opponent. The team with the most points at the end of the regular season is rewarded with the Supporters’ Shield for their efforts.
The playoffs for the MLS Cup begin in mid-October after the conclusion of the regular season. The postseason will conclude with the MLS Cup Final in November where the postseason champion will be crowned. MLS teams play in over 20 cities in the United States and three cities in Canada. The United States teams are spread across the nation so fans are never too far from a team that they can root for.
MLS teams also participate in non-MLS competitions throughout the year including the US Open Cup, CONCACAF Champions League, Campeones Cup, Leagues Cup and the Canadian Championship. Be sure to use TicketSmarter’s search bar to locate soccer matches near you. Simply type in the team name, stadium or event name to find when and where your favorite MLS team will be playing.
Major League Soccer releases its full schedule in January. This schedule announcement will include match dates and start times for every team in the league. TicketSmarter will have tickets available for every game of the season within a day or two of this announcement.
MLS teams typically play in their own soccer-specific stadiums although some teams do share a stadium with NFL, CFL or MLB teams. Soccer-specific stadiums typically hold a seating capacity between 18,000 and 27,000 fans. These stadiums are typically single-level with seats surrounding the entire field. Reserved seating options are available throughout the stadium with the ends sometimes having general admission sections available. Club and Field level tickets may be available for a higher price.
Some of the larger stadiums in the league include Atlanta United FC’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium that is shared with the Atlanta Falcons and Nashville SC’s Nissan Stadium that is shared with the Tennessee Titans. These multi-level stadiums will typically offer reserved seating in the lower- and mid-tier bowl sections and can be expanded for big rivalry matchups or postseason play. TicketSmarter’s interactive seating map makes it easy to find tickets to soccer games at every stadium in the league. Simply click on the upcoming home or away game and a detailed seating chart will display sections with available tickets. The filter tool will further sort your options by price, section and row without having to visit the ticket office on game day.
Soccer is quickly growing to be one of the most popular sports in the United States. Sold out games and long lines at the box office are common throughout the season. TicketSmarter provides an easy way for MLS fans to get their tickets in advance without the hassle of waiting in line.
Ticket prices for sporting events tend to fluctuate with research showing that the best time to buy is typically three to seven days before a game. If you wait until the last minute, prices aren’t guaranteed to drop and you may miss out on great seats. If you find great seats for an upcoming game, it is best to act quickly so you don’t miss out!
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