The opening day of the 2016 Major League Soccer season was an exhilarating one from start to finish, with a league-record 36 goals going in the first round of matches.
One of the most dramatic games came in Orlando, as the Lions rallied to score two stoppage time goals in the space of a minute to earn a 2-2 draw with Real Salt Lake on Sunday afternoon.
For the second-straight season, Orlando City left it incredibly late to seal a point from their home opener – something the 60,147 fans in attendance would have been delighted with.
That incredible attendance figure was the largest in MLS on opening day by some distance. Seattle came closest to matching it with 39,525 in attendance for their clash with Sporting KC, with the league average standing at 26,152 from the ten games on Sunday.
But more impressively, Orlando’s attendance figure on Sunday was the fifth-highest in the world over the past weekend.
Ten highest attendance figures in world football (March 4-6) via Soccer America Daily:
81,359 – Borussia Dortmund-Bayern Munich (Germany)
68,467 – Real Madrid-Celta (Spain)
67,420 – Club America-Morelia (Mexico)
63,578 – River Plate-Boca Juniors (Argentina)
60,147 – Orlando City-Real Salt Lake (USA)
53,892 – Manchester City-Aston Villa (England)
52,815 – Monterrey-Tigres (Mexico)
52,107 – Newcastle United-Bournemouth (England)
49,300 – FC Cologne-Schalke 04 (Germany)
48,855 – Chongqing Lifan-Guangzhou Evergrande (China)
Fans flocked into the Orlando Citrus Bowl for their season opener, much as they did last year for their first-ever MLS game at home to NYCFC, in which 62,510 fans turned out.
Despite only entering their second season in MLS, Orlando now have two of the top 16 highest attendance figures in Major League Soccer history.
They will hope to beat last year’s average attendance of 32,847 (second-highest in MLS in 2015) over the course of the season, and with the incredible drama witnessed on Sunday, fans are sure to return.