LALIGA teams see increase in stadium attendance


LALIGA reaches the halfway point of its competitions following Matchday 19 in LALIGA EA SPORTS and Matchday 21 in LALIGA HYPERMOTION. And it does so having had nearly 8 million people attending its 41 stadiums, which represents an attendance rate of 73.7%, an increase of 4.9% compared to the same period last season. This data shows the current trend in LALIGA, which increases its attendance every year in comparison to the previous season. 

Specifically, in LALIGA EA SPORTS there has been an increase in total attendees of 0.6% compared to the 22/23 season, exceeding 5 million people. Regarding the occupancy rate, this season it is 83.4%, increasing by 4.11% compared to last season. In LALIGA HYPERMOTION, more than 2 million people have passed through one of its courses, increasing the data by 8.9% compared to last season. The occupancy rate in the category reaches 57.5%, which represents an increase of 8.3% compared to the previous season.

The data derived from the first half of the 2023/24 campaign has one distinction in that FC Barcelona isn’t playing home games at its usual stadium, the 95,426 capacity Camp Nou. Instead, it’s home matches are held at the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys, which has a capacity of 50,319, a difference of more than 45,000 spectators. Additionally, on Matchday 2 of LALIGA HYPERMOTION, the RCD Espanyol – R. Racing Club fixtures was played behind closed doors. Likewise, attendances in the 2019/20, 2020/21 and 2021/22 seasons were affected by the COVID pandemic and construction work in various stadiums. 

In terms of clubs, during this first half of the season, the five teams with the highest average attendance in LALIGA EA SPORTS were Real Madrid CF, Atlético de Madrid, Real Betis, Athletic Club and Valencia CF; whereas, by occupancy, the clubs with the highest occupancy rates were Real Madrid CF (92%), Cádiz CF (91%), Deportivo Alavés (91%), Valencia CF (89%) and CA Osasuna (88%). Cádiz CF, RCD Mallorca, Villarreal CF and Valencia CF all increased their average occupancy rate the most when compared to last season.

In LALIGA HYPERMOTION, Real Zaragoza, RCD Espanyol, Real Sporting, CD Tenerife and Real Valladolid CF are the five clubs with the highest average attendance at their matches up to Matchday 21. In terms of highest occupancy rate, Burgos CF (78%), CD Tenerife (76%), CD Eldense (70%), Real Zaragoza, Albacete BP and Real Racing (69%) are the clubs with the highest occupancy rates. Compared to last season, CD Tenerife and Albacete BP were the clubs that increased their occupancy rate the most, with Burgos CF being the club with the highest occupancy rate over both seasons.

These LALIGA stadium attendance figures reflect the current trend in the competition which, since the 2014/15 season, has seen a progressive increase in stadium attendances compared to the previous season, with the exception of the seasons affected by the COVID pandemic. Last season, total attendance between the two competitions was well over 15 million, surpassing the attendance figures from the 2014/15 season by more than two million.

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