German Football League claims new ticket sales record

The German Football League (DFL) has reported record ticket sales for its top two divisions across the first half of the 2018-19 season.

The DFL said the 36 clubs in the Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga sold 9,418,148 tickets, an increase of around 220,000 or 2.4 per cent compared with the first half of the 2017-18 season. The sales figures include free and complimentary tickets.

The figures for the two leagues themselves reflect the movement between them across the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons. At the end of the 2017-18 season, Hamburger SV and 1. FC Köln were relegated from the Bundesliga while 1. FC Nürnberg and Fortuna Düsseldorf returned to the top flight of German professional football.

This resulted in the average number of tickets sold per Bundesliga match declining by 2.8 per cent to 42,217 compared with the previous season. However, the DFL said the Bundesliga remains the undisputed leader among Europe’s top leagues.

Eintracht Braunschweig and 1. FC Kaiserslautern were relegated from the 2. Bundesliga, while SC Paderborn 07 and 1. FC Magdeburg were promoted to the second tier. This resulted in a 15.9 per cent season-on-season rise, with an average of 19,339 tickets sold per match.