Originally Posted by Yachtzee
Very true. I think the MLS learned from early mistakes too. New England plays at Gillette and I've heard the atmosphere is terrible. DC has been pushing for a soccer specific stadium for years. Even in Seattle, where they get 30, 000 a game, tarps are put over large parts pf the seating to keep fans concentrated in the lower part of the stadium. That's another reason why MLS requires new teams to have plans for a soccer stadium in any expansion bid.
I've been to a Revs game with 15000 and a Revs U18 game with 200 and there is no difference in atmosphere. It seems the best atmospheres (from watching on TV) are in stadiums that have roofs over at least some of the seats, e.g. Portland, Vancouver, Montreal, Sporting KC. Some of the sound gets trapped and magnified.