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LFP struggles with attendance despite 1.1.% increase this season

by Tom Conn | Posted on Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Attendance in La Liga has been a point of concern for the LFP over the past several years, as the economic crisis continues to tighten it’s stranglehold on the pocketbooks of Spanish football fans and despite promises from LFP president Javier Tebas prior to the start of the season that attendance for the first round would see a 3%-4% rise in attendance, in reality, it was only 1.1%.

San Mames

Sphera Sports collected attendance data from every club to find interesting informational about not only the clubs and their fan bases, but the league itself and how kick-off times and the failure to lower ticket prices have affected attendance figures.

The report found that the average attendance of Primera Division stadia registered an attendance of 70.8% capacity, just 1.1% more than last season with only eight matches at full capacity (six more than at this stage after the first round last year), five of those eight being at Athletic Bilbao’s New San Mames stadium, yet Athletic have failed to fill the stadium in their past four matches.

Following the attendance of Athletic Bilbao, Real Madrid (91% average capacity) and Atletico Madrid (83.1% average capacity) are holding up the figures.

Meanwhile, Real Sociedad, whose Anoeta stadium has had an average capacity of 80.3% this season, has seen the largest increase in attendance, up 9.8% from this point last season, largely due to their Champions League ventures.

On the hand, Granada has seen the largest drop in attendance from this point last season with an average of close to 6,000 fewer fans than last year.

Yet, no team has seen worse attendance this season than Getafe, the club who has been on the brink of Europa for the past two season, registering 12% fewer fans that last season, while also setting the record for the worst attendance in their match against Levante, which was seen by roughly 4,000 fans.

The complete breakdown is as follows:

Pos | Team | Stadium | Average Attendance | Capacity | Capacity (%)

1.- Athletic Club (San Mamés)* 36.245 | 36.651 | 98,9%
2.- Real Madrid (Santiago Bernabéu) 72.834 | 80.000 | 91%
3.- At. Madrid (Vicente Calderón) 45.360 | 54.581 83,1%
4.- Real Sociedad (Anoeta) 25.685 | 32.000 | 80,3%
5.- FC Barcelona (Camp Nou) 73.969 | 98.772 | 74,9%
6.- Málaga (La Rosaleda) 21.829 | 29.500 | 74%
7.- Osasuna (El Sadar) 13.616 | 19.800 | 68,8%
8.- Valencia (Mestalla) 35.800 | 52.000 | 68,8%
9.- Villarreal (El Madrigal) 16.746 | 24.500 | 68,3%
10.- Sevilla (Sánchez Pizjuán) 31.025 | 45.500 | 68,2%
11.- Rayo (Vallecas) 10.001 | 14.708 | 68%
12.- Celta (Balaídos) 20.243 | 30.000 | 67,5%
13.- Elche (Martínez Valero) 24.294 | 36.017 | 67,4%
14.- Granada (Los Cármenes) 14.558 | 22.500 | 64,7%
15.- Betis (Benito Villamarín) 31.952 | 55.500 | 57,6%
16.- Levante (Ciutat de Valencia) 14.471 | 25.354 | 57,1%
17.- Espanyol (Cornellà-El Prat) 20.766 | 40.500 | 51,3%
18.- Valladolid (José Zorrilla) 12.945 | 22.500 | 48,8%
19.- Almería (Juegos del Mediterráneo) 10.226 | 21.350 | 47,9%
20.- Getafe (Coliseum) 7.056 | 17.000 | 41,5%

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