Unless you are a native fan of the Bundesliga, odds are that among the earliest things you heard about Germany’s top football league had something to do with the rabid fan support clubs enjoy there.
The final attendance numbers for the 2014-15 Bundesliga season certainly continue to bolster the Bundesliga’s reputation for driving fans to attend matches through a combination of budget-friendly ticket prices and compelling on-field competition.
With the largest stadium in the league, it’s no surprise that the home of the “Yellow Wall” takes top honors for hosting the most fans through 17 match days, with over 1.3 million spectators making their way to Signal Iduna Park for a match this season.
The BVB may have sold more tickets, but league champion FC Bayern München are the only club in the league to post sellout crowds for every one of their home matches this season, logging more than 1.2 million guests at Allianz Arena.
FC Schalke 04, despite a season marred by turmoil, joined the BVB and Bayern in besting the 1-million-fans mark, filling 99% of Veltins Arena’s season capacity.
Add now-relegated sides SC Freiburg and SC Paderborn to the league leading trio, and the Bundesliga had five clubs sell more than 99% of their available spots for attendees this season.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, only three clubs fell below 90% of capacity for the season.
Despite ranking seventh in overall attendance, Hertha BSC led the league in empty seats this year, playing before just 67% of Olympiastadion’s capacity. With an ability to host 74,500 fans, though, Hertha does also boast the second-largest home in the league.
VfB Stuttgart edged Hertha in attendance, drawing 53,252 per match to the Berliners’ 50,185. With Mercedes-Benz Arena having room for “only” 60,449, however, their 84% capacity looks much more compelling for a club that also was severely threatened by relegation all season long.
Hannover 96, which also fell into a relegation threat by the latter part of the season, fell just short of the 90% mark, averaging just 43,459 at their 49,000-spot HDI Park.
Scan the attendance summaries below:
|Club||Total Spectators||Sellouts||Average Attendance (% of capacity)|
|Borussia Dortmund||1,367,204||14||80,424 (99%)|
|FC Bayern München||1,239,000||17||72,882 (100%)|
|FC Schalke 04||1,046,822||9||61,578 (99%)|
|Hamburger SV||905,278||6||53,252 (93%)|
|VfB Stuttgart||862,100||3||50,711 (84%)|
|Borussia Mönchengladbach||861,218||7||50,660 (94%)|
|Hertha BSC||853,140||1||50,185 (67%)|
|1. FC Köln||821,600||7||48,329 (97%)|
|Eintracht Frankfurt||809,500||5||47,618 (92%)|
|Hannover 96||738,800||7||43,459 (89%)|
|Werder Bremen||695,396||7||40,906 (96%)|
|1. FSV Mainz 05||527,139||5||31,008 (91%)|
|Bayer Leverkusen||498,293||9||29,311 (97%)|
|FC Augsburg||495,779||5||29,165 (95%)|
|VfL Wolfsburg||479,387||6||28,199 (94%)|
|1899 Hoffenheim||462,117||6||27,183 (90%)|
|SC Freiburg||405,450||10||23,850 (99%)|
|SC Paderborn 07||252,596||9||14,859 (99%)|
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