Saturday, 2 February 2008

Serie A attendances rise

Average Serie A attendances have gone up by 3,000 per game this season and Milan have the most fans in the stands.

The Lega Calcio confirmed the average attendance for top flight games in the opening 19 matches was 22,504 compared to 19,181 last term.

The figures put together season ticket holders and those who buy individual tickets for the games.

Milan have the best regular attendances with an average of 57,317 at their home games, followed by Inter in the same stadium with 47,639.

Roma on 40,167, newly promoted Napoli with 39,179 at the San Paolo, Fiorentina on 32,107 and Palermo’s 26,310 continue the list.

The Marassi duo of Genoa (23,461) and Sampdoria (21,369) precede Juventus, whose return to Serie A has attracted an average of 20,706 fans.

However, although Juve are only ninth in terms of total attendance, they lead the way when it comes to filling their arena, as the Stadio Olimpico in Turin tends to be 81.59% full.

Catania come second in this list with 79.79% and Torino, who also play their home games at the Olimpico, with 79.93%.

Milan’s 69.09%, Inter’s 57.43% and Roma’s 49.47% averages reflect the size of their stadiums, as both San Siro and the Olimpico in Rome hold over 70,000.

The situation is different in Serie B, who have lost big clubs like Juventus, Napoli and Genoa to promotion.

The average attendance here has precipitated from 8,531 in 2006-07 to just 5,946 so far this season.

[Full Attendance Report (PDF in Italian)]

Source: C4 Football Italia

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