Fresh from setting the record for the highest average attendance in Bundesliga 2 history in 2016/17, VfB Stuttgart can once again look forward to the added engine power of a packed Mercedes-Benz Arena to help propel them up the Bundesliga grid in 2017/18.

An average attendance of over 50,000 last season in Bundesliga 2 was already more than those achieved by the champions of England (Chelsea), France (Monaco), Italy (Juventus) and the Netherlands (Feyenoord). And with still a month to go until the start of the 2017/18 campaign, 31,000 season tickets have already been sold by the Swabian club – a new record!

Stuttgart’s previous best in the Bundesliga was 30,500 from five years ago in 2012/13, and this total looks like being left behind this season as the sale period for season tickets at the Mercedes-Benz Arena, which only began on 6 July, is not yet over.

“It’s truly impressive that we’ve been able to maintain the support of the Stuttgart fans after the record attendance figures of last season. They’ll be present for us at every home game to support us, and we’re looking forward to the start of the season and hoping that the Mercedes-Benz Arena will be sold out for our opening match [vs. Mainz on Matchday 2],” said Jochen Röttgermann, head of marketing and business at VfB Stuttgart.

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