I was browsing the Bundesliga website and it is undeniable that business continues to boom in Bundesliga. Last year I was already pointing out that the Bundesliga attendance figures increased for the 9th consecutive year. This year, it’s already a record season-half attendance figures for the Bundesliga.
Thing is, the Bundesliga went through drastic reforms that now are paying off. The average attendance at a top-flight match in the first half of the current season was 44,345, an historic high for Germany’s national league. In all, 6.78 million fans passed through the turnstiles to watch the 153 games played before the winter break.
That represents a jump of seven percent on last year’s mid-season total. The average ticket price for a match meanwhile dropped slightly, to 22 euro 43 cent.
“The figures are evidence of the drawing power of the Bundesliga, which offers the fans a mix of top-class sport and excitement to a degree that few other leagues can rival. In addition, the clubs’ strategy of providing a spectating environment of great comfort and safety at a moderate price is clearly paying dividends,” said Christian Seifert, CEO of the DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga.
The rise in Bundesliga 2 attendances has been even more pronounced. An average crowd of 17,125 turned out for the pre-winter break matches in the second flight, 27 percent more than last season (13,474).
In total, 9.40 million tickets were bought for the the 306 games in the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 over the first half of the 2011-12 season, equating to over a million fans more than for the same period last year.
Another example of how sustainable and well managed the German league is. A league that deserves a stronger focus and appraisal in my opinion.