The season’s still young, but so far the New Mexico United are blowing away the competition at the gates.
Albuquerque’s new soccer team is second in attendance in the 36-team United Soccer League, well ahead of Phoenix, San Antonio and Saint Louis. Three home games in, and the United are averaging more than 11,000 fans a game.
“Pride, that’s what comes to my mind when I see our numbers,” said Elizabeth Davis with New Mexico United.
Davis said the team has sold more than 3,000 season tickets in its debut season. Single game tickets are selling like crazy.
“Right now, for this game, I believe we’re at 11,475 tickets, and I’m sure it’s ticking up right now as I’m speaking,” said Davis.
According to Soccer Stadium Digest, the United have the second-best attendance in the 36-team USL, drawing more than 11,000 a game, topping cities like Sacramento, Vegas and Memphis. El Paso Locomotive, another new team that plays in a baseball stadium, is averaging about 7,500 a game.
The Indy Eleven are in the top spot. They play in the Colts stadium and are making a big push to build an $80-million venue and move up to the MLS.
Back in New Mexico, United numbers are wowing locals.
“I was really surprised,” said local Wesley Nob. “I didn’t expect that from Albuquerque, I didn’t expect that many soccer fans.”
“More than anything our fans are really supporting us and drawing huge crowds, I could not be prouder,” said Davis.
With standing room and the berm, Isotopes Park can hold about 15,000 to 16,000 people for a soccer match.
KRQE News 13 asked the United for an update on its stadium plans. The team said that’s still a few years down the road.