LaLiga nets record attendances with 7.3 per cent rise

LaLiga nets record attendances with 7.3 per cent rise
More than five million tickets in Spain’s top two soccer tiers have been sold before Christmas.

The top two tiers of Spanish soccer have experienced a rise in attendances of 7.3 per cent so far in the 2018/19 season, according to research carried out by Spanish industry outlet Palco23.

At the end of November, 5,248,853 spectators had attended the 295 games played across LaLiga and the Segunda Division – the first time in history that more than 5 million tickets have been sold across the top two divisions in Spain before Christmas.

LaLiga itself has witnessed a growth of 1.8 per cent between August and November, with 3,574,944 people having attended games.

The league’s 20 stadia have enjoyed an average attendance of 27,500 thus far, despite the relegation of Deportivo La Coruna, Malaga and Las Palmas from the top tier at the end of the 2017/18 season – all of whom enjoyed greater average numbers last year than half of the sides in this season’s top flight.

This season’s record statistics come despite SD Eibar, SD Huesca, Getafe, Girona, Leganes, Rayo Vallecano and Alaves all averaging fewer than 15,000 fans per home game.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid – whose prize asset Cristiano Ronaldo left the Spanish giants to join Italian outfit Juventus in the summer – have continued to average in the region of 64,000 spectators at the club’s iconic Santiago Bernabeu stadium.

Theyt are one of seven teams to have remained above the average attendance, with Barçelona, Athletic Bilbao and Sevilla all experiencing growth of close to 10 per cent on last year’s numbers.

In the second tier, attendances have risen by 21.2 per cent, with 1,673,909 supporters attending games in the 22-team league.

On the field, reigning champions Barcelona hold a narrow lead at the top of the premier division in one of the closest title races seen in Spain in recent years, where just eight points separate the top nine clubs. In the league below, Alcorcon lead the race for promotion, followed by former LaLiga winners Deportivo La Coruna.

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