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Football Frenzy

Football Frenzy

Like the NFL in the United States, the kickoff of Europe’s top football (soccer) leagues is a red-letter day for European bookmakers. After over two seasons of uncertainly during the Covid crisis, most of the leagues opened with no restrictions on the number of fans nor requirements for vaccinations or mask mandates. The five leagues studied by SportingPedia—Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga—showed the strengths you might expect of the best organizations in these soccer-mad countries. Unsurprisingly, the most popular league in Europe in terms of fan attendance on opening day was England’s Premier League, where fans filled 98.5 percent of the seats on opening day. Other key findings included:

  • When compared to the other top five leagues in Europe, English fans were the most impatient, with a total of 421,273 flocking around the 10 grounds on opening weekend.
  • On opening weekend, the average occupancy across the stadiums of Europe’s top five leagues was calculated to be 84.5 percent.
  • Only four arenas were completely sold out, with all four located in Germany.
  • Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund, Marseille, Milan, and Barcelona attracted the largest crowds in each league during the opening weekend.
  • Serie A stadiums had the lowest occupancy rate, with just over 70 percent of their capacity filled.
  • In total, 1,683,340 fans attended the first-round games in England, Spain, Germany, France, and Italy’s top divisions.

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