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Germany’s 2nd level draws record crowds, surpasses the Bundesliga attendance for historic weekend

Over the weekend, the 2. Bundesliga attracted more fans than the German top-flight for the first time in history. Sports outlet Kicker reports that the 2. Bundesliga’s nine games on matchday 22 drew 284,863 spectators, exceeding the number for the Bundesliga’s nine matches by 21,000. Schalke 04 and Hertha Berlin both attracted crowds of over 50,000 for their home games, while Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund – the Bundesliga sides with the biggest fan bases and stadiums had away matches.

According to UEFA, the German Bundesliga is the most visited league by fans, attracting an average of over 44,000 per match. Last weekend its most visited game was between FC Koln and Werder Bremen which gathered 50,000 at RheinEnergieStadion, while over 60,000 witnessed Schalke’s slender 1:0 victory over Weneh from the stands at Gazprom Arena.