Vital Statistics

Which is the most popular league in the Europe? (Clue: it’s not the Premiership)

Germans boast the best gates in the world

No one is contesting the fact that the Premier League is the greatest in the world, but in terms of attendances it lags behind our friends in Germany. The average attendance in the Bundesliga is 42,000, compared to the Premier League’s 35,000. Elsewhere, Spain average just 28,000 a game, while the Italians scrape a lowly 25,000 on average.

The popularity of football in Germany may be attributed to the fact that prices are much more reasonable, and six of their stadia can house more than 50,000 supporters – Borussia Dortmund (72,000), Bayern Munich (69,000), Schalke (61,000), Hamburg (55,000), Stuttgart (51,000) and Hertha Berlin (51,000). A further five stadiums can hold over 40,000 fans.

In England, we have just two stadia that can put more than 50,000 bums on seats – Old Trafford (75,000) and The Emirates (60,000). [Ed. - Err, actually St James Park holds 52,000 too - perhaps the source of the stats (The Sun) assumed the Toon Army had already gone down]

Spain, Italy and England have all hosted the best league in the world at some point, so perhaps the Bundesliga will take over when the Premiership bubble bursts?


4 responses so far
  • ski // May 15, 2009 at 7:50 am

    I thought St James’ 52,000 seats would count as over 50,000 seats as well….

  • Tom // May 15, 2009 at 8:01 am

    Tickets in the Budesliga are much cheaper.
    Is there any recent data available on the average ticket price for each league?

  • Ryan Bailey // May 15, 2009 at 8:15 am

    You’re quite right about St James’ Park, ski. A rookie error on my part for not double checking stats published in the nation’s biggest newspaper.

  • Christian // May 15, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    You only refer to the seats, but if you include the standing places the capacity of the stadium in dortmung is about 80.000 and the capacity the olympic stadium in berlin is almost 75.000.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_stadiums_by_capacity

    By the way, the cheapest ticket for a Bayern Munich match is 12 Euro…

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