Global attendances

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Best attended domestic sports leagues in the world

(By average attendance per game)

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Most recent update: 10 APRIL 2014

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NB: Professional leagues (see footnotes re: amateur leagues, or click here)

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NB: amateur leagues - there are some with higher average attendances than the leagues above, notably and most remarkably in US college football, where, for example, within the 2010 NCCA Division 1 FBS Conference, the 12-team Southeastern Conference (league) averaged 76,719 fans per game, and the Big Ten averaged 72,106, both more than the NFL. Annual NCCA football attendances are downloadable in PDF format, year by year from 1998, by clicking on this sentence. There is also a sportingintelligence feature on NCCA football attendances; click on this sentence to link.

GSSS 2014 report - attendances

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Sources

NFL

1: sportingintelligence.com research.

And in previous years ….

2: http://tinyurl.com/yj3zxed

3: http://tinyurl.com/yj39bj6

NB: Separate official NFL statements about crowds from 2007 contradict each other

BUNDESLIGA

4: http://www.bundesliga.de/en/liga/news/2008/index.php?f=128851.php

and on the DFB website here

 

AFL

5: http://www.afl.com.au/News/NEWSARTICLE/tabid/208/Default.aspx?newsId=68430

6: http://stats.rleague.com/afl/crowds/summary.html

EPL

7: Brian Sears

7: http://tinyurl.com/qcz9ns

MLB

8: http://tinyurl.com/yjqdjpt

9: http://tinyurl.com/y9wbwfc

9b: MLB official release of 2010 numbers here

2011 data from MLB website

CFL

10: http://www.cfl.ca/article/cfl_attendance_continues_to_rise and for 2011 here

11: plus sportingintelligence.com research

LA LIGA

12: http://www.worldfootball.net/zuschauer/esp-primera-division-2008-2009/1/

13: http://www.worldfootball.net/zuschauer/esp-primera-division-2007-2008/1/

NPB

14: Nikkan Sports, paper edition, 12 October (p.6) & 13 October (p.5) 2009, citing NPB-BIS.

(with thanks to Japanesebaseball for sourcing that, and again for 2010 numbers)

14: The data from 2011 derived from here

SERIE A

15: http://www.worldfootball.net/zuschauer/ita-serie-a-2008-2009/1/

16: http://www.worldfootball.net/zuschauer/ita-serie-a-2007-2008/1/

IPL

17: sportingintelligence.com research

NBA

18: http://www.nba.com/2009/playoffs2009/04/17/attendance/index.html

21: sportingintelligence.com research

NHL

19: http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=417969

20: sportingintelligence.com research

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