December 5 – Mid-week evening fixtures are more popular – just – than weekend fixtures, if rounds 14 and 15 of the Premier League schedule are an indicator.
Round 14 was played mid-week with just 10,288 seats unfilled across the 10 home fixtures. Round 15, played last weekend with exactly the same clubs at home again, saw 11,600 seats unfilled.
In reality all 20 fixtures were as good as sold out, with more than 787,000 tickets sold.
Chelsea topped the attendance capacity chart in both rounds with just 423 unfilled seats out of 82,730 across the two matches.
West Brom showed the biggest discrepancy between their two home games being the only club in the Premier League to dip below 90% of their stadium capacity on their weekend fixture against Crystal Palace with 3,319 seats unfilled. Mid-week they had 1,316 seats unfilled for the visit of Newcastle’s Toon Army, who kept on travelling South to Chelsea for their weekend fixture – an impressive fan performance.
Out of the 20 fixtures played, 15 (75%) were played in stadia that were more than 95% full.
The Insideworldfootball figures are taken from the official stadium capacities and the official reported match day attendance. No account is taken of seat kills for media or safety requirements.
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