LaLiga has gained in popularity among its native fans in spite of the Cristiano Ronaldo exit. The Spanish top division football league this season has create national record for more than 5 million ticket sales, up 7.3% from the last year.
A research by Palco 23 has confirmed that record 5,248,853 spectators have attended the 295 LaLiga matches till date this season. This is the first time Spanish professional football has exceeded the 5 million mark before Christmas.
Unlike in previous years, LaLiga managed to close every month of the season up on the corresponding figure for last year. The average attendance for each club was 27,500.
2018 season of LaLiga started on sedate note in terms of opening day fixture involving Real Madrid.
The attendance for the opening fixture was 48,446 as per LaLiga’s official website. Although LaLiga’s decision to hold the game at 10:15 PM local time might have affected the numbers for the game, it was discomforting to see a club like Real Madrid record such a low attendance.
In fact, this was their lowest attendance in the past 9 years. The last time Real Madrid posted such a low attendance was back in 2009 when a losing effort against Mallorca saw only 44,270 fans attending the match.
Not only LaLiga, attendances for the Segunda División, the second tier in Spain, were up 21.2 per cent at 1,673,909, with an average of 10,415 people per game.
This year’s LaLiga has been more competitive than in previous seasons. The top eight teams in the league are separated by just 8 points while perennial title contenders Real Madrid sit in fifth place.