June 26 – Germany’s Bundesliga has reported a new attendance record for its top two divisions in the 2016/17 season.
A total of 19,049,362 spectators watched 612 Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 games at stadia across the two leagues – an increase of 1.3 % on the 2015/16 season.
The Bundesliga’s top division reported an average attendance per match of 40,693, which is an average stadium capacity of 91% across the 18-team division. This is also an improvement on the previous season.
The Bundesliga had a reduced total stadium capacity in the top division last season due to promoted clubs having smaller stadium capacities than relegated clubs.
But the knock-on effect seems to have significantly benefited Bundesliga2 which reported an average crowd of 21,560 – a new record and a 13% uplift on the previous year.
“The popularity of the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 continues unabated,” said DFL CEO Christian Seifert. “Looking at both the fans inside the stadiums and television viewers, professional German football is continuously gaining popularity. There is no evidence that this positive trend might change in the foreseeable future.”
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