LaLiga and LFP buoyed by rising attendances

LaLiga match between Atletico Madrid and Celta Vigo at Wanda Metropolitano (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Attendances in the top two divisions of Spanish football during the first half of the 2019-20 season rose by 1.53 per cent year-on-year, while crowd figures in France’s Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 have also reached an all-time high at the halfway stage of the campaign.

LaLiga, which organises the top two divisions of the Spanish game, announced today (Friday) that the total attendance across the leagues in the first half of the season was 7,605,952 – an increase of 85,727 on the number of fans who had attended matches at the same stage of last season.

In the top-tier LaLiga, in-stadium fans rose by five-per-cent year-on-year, with a total of 5,398,206 spectators having turned out. The average crowd in the top tier is 28,412, with the average stadium occupancy having risen to 74.3 per cent.

The Segunda División posted record stadium occupancy rates of 51.6 per cent. LaLiga noted that stadia used by Segunda División clubs this season boast bigger capacities than last season, with the total number of fans now passing the 2.2 million mark.

Total stadium occupancy rate across the two leagues rose from 61.4 per cent last January to the current 65.9 per cent.

LaLiga hopes to surpass the 15-million attendance mark across the two leagues by the end of the season, which would represent a significant rise from the figure of 13.1 million recorded at the end of 2013-14.

Cumulative attendances in France’s Ligue 1 and Ligue 2, meanwhile, totalled 5.57 million fans over the course of the first half of the season, the French Football League (LFP) announced today. The figure marks an increase on the 5.47 million posted last season and comes despite three Ligue 1 matches having been postponed so far this season.

Ligue 1 attendances rose by 0.62 per cent year-on-year, from 4.22 million to 4.24 million. The stadium occupancy rate also rose to 72.5 per cent. The LFP cited Paris Saint-Germain, RC Strasbourg and Amiens SC as major contributors, with the three clubs’ stadia, on average, being more than 90 per cent full.

Attendances in the second-tier Ligue 2 rose to 1.32 million, 5.93 per cent higher than in the first half of 2018-19. The LFP pointed to the success of top-of-the-table RC Lens, which plays at the 38,000-seat Stade Bollaert-Delelis, as a major factor.

In other news, LaLiga has surpassed 100 million followers across its social media platforms. LaLiga currently has a presence on 12 different platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, TikTok, Weibo, WeChat, Douyin, Toutiao, OK, VK and Line. LaLiga produces content in over 15 languages.