January 5 – The more games you give them more they want, would seem to be the evidence of the back-to-back rounds of Premier League fixtures over the past 5 days. Round 20 fixtures delivered an average stadium capacity of 95.87%, the third highest of the season and just beating the Round 19 fixtures. The highest average capacity of the season was recorded for the Round 18 Boxing Day fixtures at 97.22%.
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January 3 – After the famine came a feast. With Premier League fans made to wait for seven days before festive football came to their stadia, they are now engulfed in a jam-packed schedule that saw Round 19 fixtures on December 31, roll straight into Round 20 fixtures on January 2.
December 29 – The English Premier League doesn’t take a winter break, but for football fans it felt like it had taken one with a flurry of fixtures over the 10 days of December 10-18 and then a long and lonely wait to the traditional feast of Boxing Day fixtures on December 26.
December 20 – West Ham’s Christmas came early, topping the attendance capacity chart twice during the Premier League’s three fixtures in eight days, and taking seven points out of a possible nine in the league.
December 15 – The Premier League pre-Christmas rush of matches – three games in eight days – has had very little impact on attendance levels, with eight clubs reporting over 93% of their stadiums full.
December 12 – Premier League AFC Bournemouth is looking for a site to build a new stadium that the club could move to as early as the 2020/21 season. Locked into the smallest stadium in the Premier League – Dean Court, named the Vitality Stadium under a sponsorship deal – capacity would raise from the current 11,464 to 25,000, according to local reports.
December 12 – Chelsea topped the Premier League and its attendance table this weekend, with just 176 seats unfilled at Stamford Bridge, the club’s second best capacity of the season after opening day when just 156 seats were unfilled in what has been another season of sell-outs.
December 9 – The English Football Association has suspended Leeds United’s controversial Italian owner Massimo Cellino (pictured) from all football activities for 18 months and fined the Italian £250,000 for breaking transfer regulations.
December 7 – West Ham topped the weekly attendance table for their home game against Arsenal, with just 20 seats left unfilled in the London Stadium. Plagued by fan violence at earlier home games, Hammers fans have not been put off supporting, especially for the local derby against Arsenal.
November 29 – Hull City set a season low attendance record in Round 13 of the Premier League filling just 70.69% of their 25,886 capacity stadium. The 7,500 unfilled seats in Hull made up more than half the 14,266 unfilled seats across the whole Premier League.
November 23 – The English Premier League surpassed the 4 million ticket sales mark at the weekend. So far this season only 200,770 match tickets have gone unsold out of a total 4.471 million available.
November 17 – The cost of watching English top-flight football, for years deemed prohibitive for average-earning fans, has fallen in the first season of a record £8 billion global TV rights deal according to a BBC survey.
November 8 – Hull City became the first Premier League side to dip below 70% capacity for a home league game this season. With just 69.44% of its KCOM stadium full, the 7,818 unfilled seats accounted for just over half the unfilled League seat total of 15,128. Across the league 366,760 seats were filled.
November 2 – Premier League attendances across the league dipped slightly last weekend as a percentage of total seats available, however, eight teams still filled more than 90% of their capacity and Spurs again showed how urgently they need their new stadium with just 265 unfilled seats in the reduced capacity White Hart Lane.
November 1 – West Ham’s new London Stadium, the central venue for the 2012 Olympic Games but which has been the subject of repeated fan trouble, should be knocked down and rebuilt to suit football, according to one of Europe’s most knowledgeable and experienced stadium experts.