Stadiums and teams attracting the highest attendance on opening day across Europe’s top 5 leagues
Some of the European leagues began a week earlier than others, but now they are all under way. There were some interesting results and new faces, but our latest study is about the fans in the stands. In order to conduct this SportingPedia report we collected data about the attendance on the opening day across the top 5 European leagues to see where fans were most eager to see how their favorite teams begin the new season. Some, like the Premier League, Ligue 1 and the Bundesliga kicked-off а week earlier than Serie A and La Liga, but now we have added up all the necessary numbers.
- On the first day of the Premier League, only 1.5%, or 6,254 of all available seats across the 10 venues, remained empty
- When compared to the other top 5 leagues in Europe, English fans were the most impatient, with a total of 421,273 flocking around the 10 grounds on opening weekend
- On opening weekend, the average occupancy across the stadiums of Europe’s top five leagues was calculated to be 84.5%
- The Premier League drew the most interest, selling 98.5% of all available seats; the Bundesliga came in second with 95%, and Ligue 1 rounded out the top three with 78.8%
- Only 4 arenas were completely sold out, with all four located in Germany
- Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund, Marseille, Milan, and Barcelona attracted the largest crowds in each league during the opening weekend
- Serie A stadiums had the lowest occupancy rate, with just over 70% of their capacity filled
- In total, 1,683,340 fans attended the first-round games in England, Spain, Germany, France, and Italy’s top divisions
- Spezia was the only team unable to gather at least 10,000 fans in their debut game
- Montpellier, Celta Vigo, and Verona were the only teams that did not sell out at least half of their stadiums’ capacity on opening day
The Premier League was the hardest of Europe’s top five leagues in terms of finding available tickets for the opening matches. A total of 421,273 people attended the ten 1st round games of the top English division. When West Ham hosted the defending champions Manchester City on August 7th in London, there were only 57 vacant seats, an indicator of how eager the Hammers’ supporters were to watch their team in action. The largest audience, 73,711, went to watch Manchester United in Eric Ten Hag’s debut game in charge of the Red Devils at Old Trafford. However they departed the stadium in shock after Cristiano Ronaldo and company were defeated 1:2. Newcastle, Tottenham, Everton, and Fulham were the teams that performed a commendable job at marketing and distributing tickets, as each of their venues was full to more than 99% of capacity. The Vitality Stadium in Bournemouth, which was 88.3% full, had the lowest occupancy rate in the opening round of the Premier League.
St. James' Park
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
King Power Stadium
According to our study, the German Bundesliga comes in 2nd place, after drawing 377,971 spectators to the nine stadiums for its first matches. Augsburg registered the lowest level of fan interest, with their WWK ARENA filling only 82.6% of its capacity. Eintracht Frankfurt, Borussia Dortmund, FC Koln, and Union Berlin were the only teams not only in Germany, but across Europe’s top five leagues, to completely sell out their stadiums for the first round of games. BVB took full advantage of having the country’s largest venue and can be proud that the famous “Yellow Wall” at Signal Iduna Park drew 81,365 fans – the largest crowd in Europe.
Signal Iduna Park
Deutsche Bank Park
Stadion An der Alten Forsterei
In terms of average occupancy, the French Ligue 1 rounds out our top three. The stadiums were visited by 290,870 people, which is 78.8% of their maximum capacity. Strasbourg was the only team to sell more than 95% of their arena’s 26,109 seats, while Marseille’s match against Reims drew the largest crowd, with 62,738 in attendance. After a disappointing last campaign, the fans of Montpellier showed their dissatisfaction and filled Stade de la Mosson to just 36.4% of its potential for the game against Troyes. This was the only match of Ligue 1’s opening weekend to see the venue not filled to at least 50% of its potential and recorded the lowest occupancy across all 49 sides featured in the report.
Stade de la Meinau
Stade Gabriel Montpied
Parc Olympique Lyonnais
Stade de la Mosson
The next stop is down south in Spain, where we have the 4th highest level of interest among football betting fans. The stadiums hosting the first round of La Liga games were filled to an average of 77.2% of their capacities. After a turbulent summer transfer window in which Barcelona landed the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Raphina among others, their fans were understandably eager to see how president Laporta’s new project will kick-off. 81,104 Culers gathered at Camp Nou, only to leave disappointed as Barca were held to a boring goalless draw by the visiting Rayo Vallecano. It was Celta Vigo who registered the lowest occupancy in Spain, with 47.8% of Estadio de Balaidos filled, or 13,859 in attendance. Almeria sold out 94.19% of their stadium for opening day, the highest of any La Liga team. Aside from their fans wanting to see the team in its return to the elite division, another factor was that the visiting team was none other than Real Madrid, the reigning Spanish and European Champions.
Estadio de los Juegos Mediterraneos
Estadio Benito Vilamarin
Estadio de Mestalla
Estadio Nuevo Mirandilla
Estadio San Mames
Coliseum Alfonso Perez
Estadio Jose Zorrilla
Estadio de Balaidos
The new Serie A season started just two weeks ago. According to the attendance ratings, the Italians were the least impressed with the new football campaign.The average occupancy registered across the ten stadiums on opening day was just under 73% – the lowest across all of Europe’s top five leagues. The largest crowd was found at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, where 70,197 people gathered to watch Milan begin their title defense with an entertaining 4:2 victory over Udinese. It means that 92.46% of the capacity of Italy’s largest stadium was filled, but Juventus enjoyed the highest occupancy on the first day of Serie A, with 93.3% of their Allianz Stadium sold out. Verona recorded the lowest rating, with only 43.3% of the seats available at Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi distributited for the match with Napoli. Spezia was the only team of Europe’s top five leagues that failed to draw at least 10,000 fans, with only 8,360 people in attendance for the slender 1:0 win over Empoli.
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza
Stadio Ettore Giardiniero
Stadio Artemio Franchi
Stadio Alberto Picco
Stadio Luigi Ferraris
Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi