Fever for elite division club football is on the rise. After Spanish La-Liga, German top division league Bundesliga along with Bundesliga 2, too, has announced record ticket sales for the first half of the ongoing season.
Germany’s Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 have notched up unmatched attendance levels for the first half of the season, beating their 2017/18 record.
In total 9,418,148 tickets sold by the 36 professional clubs mark an increase of about 220,000 tickets – a 2.4% surge over the corresponding period last year. The figures include free and complimentary tickets.
“The average number of tickets sold per Bundesliga match declined moderately by 2.8%to 42,217 compared with the previous season, meaning the Bundesliga remained the undisputed leader among Europe’s top leagues (average attendance per game). At the same time, demand in Bundesliga 2 increased significantly by 15,9 percent season-on-season to 19,339 tickets sold per match,” said the DFL.
This change was due to Hamburger SV and 1. FC Köln relegation from the Bundesliga. The promoted clubs FC Nürnberg and Fortuna Düsseldorf have their home matches in smaller stadiums, which restrict ticket sales in spite of an overall increase elsewhere.
Earlier this year, La-Liga had announced in increase in their ticket sales numbers for the first half of the season. In comparison to 9.4 million ticket sales for Bundesliga’s top 2 divisions, LaLiga had announced a total of 7.4 million ticket sale for the first half of the season.