Frankfurt - The Bundesliga remains the most attended football league in the world, according to figures from the opening half of the 2013/14 season.
'Attractiveness of the league expanding'
Each top-flight game in the 2013/14 Hinrunde was attended by an average of 42,125* supporters, an increase of 1.81 per cent compared to the same period of the 2012/13 campaign, when the average attendance figure was 41,377.
In total, 6.4 million fans were present at the 152 games between August and December 2013 (excluding the rearranged Matchday 17 fixture between VfB Stuttgart and FC Bayern München), which was also an increase of 1.14 per cent on the 6.33 million visitors in 2012/13.
“As was the case last season, the supporters continue to expand the attractiveness of the Bundesliga, which in turn thrills its fans with top-level football like no other professional league. The commitment of clubs to offer their supporters affordable ticket prices, a comfortable viewing experience and high standards of safety and security is as strong as ever,” commented Christian Seifert, chief executive of the DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga.
Second-highest total attendance
The increase in attendance figures is also noticeable in Bundesliga 2, where an average of 17,479 fans were present for games during the first half of the season, a rise of 8.8 per cent on the figure of 16,083 in 2012/13. The total number of spectators at the 153 games in the opening half of 2013/14 in Germany's two top tiers was 2.67 million, up from 2.46 million in the previous year.
Overall, the final figure of supporters who attended games in German licensed football in the first season half was 9.08 million, up 3.3 per cent from the 8.79 million the year before. This is the second-highest total attendance figure for Germany’s top two divisions after the first half of a season.
*Figures calculated using attendance details submitted by the 36 licensed clubs of the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2.