There has been no shortage of debate in Germany surrounding football culture and the potential negative impact of television, particularly regarding Monday night football, but figures published by the DFL show that the Bundesliga still leads the way with attendance figures by some way.
Germany’s top division has long attracted more supporters to the stadia than both the Premier League and La Liga and last season was no different. The 2017-18 Bundesliga season saw an average of 43,879 fans per game- a figure with ranks as the second highest in Bundesliga history (the 2011-2012 campaign pulled in an average of 44,293).
The 2017-18 figure also represented an 8% increase on the previous season, which can be largely attributed to the appearance of newly promoted VfB Stuttgart and Hannover replacing relative minnows Darmstadt and Ingolstadt. The Bundesliga therefore can still be considered to be in rude health and still one of the world’s most attractive leagues.
Borussia Dortmund may have endured a rollercoaster season, but the Signal Iduna Park remained the league’s top destination for spectators with an average attendance of 79,222 beating Bayern Munich on at least one front.
Newly promoted VfB Stuttgart contributed hugely to the healthy league figures with an average 55, 861 turning up at the Mercedes-Benz Arena as the Swabians staged a marvellous Rückrunde to finish just out the European places.
Hamburg may have been relegated but the Volksparkstadion still pulled in an average of over 50,000, while fellow Abstieger Köln also posted healthy figures of 49,011. Hoffenheim’s third place finish is all the more remarkable when their attendance stats confirm their minnow status in the league, whereas RB Leipzig still have a way to go if they are to fulfil their ambitions of being one of Germany’s leading clubs.
One team that will however be concerned will be Hertha Berlin. The capital club were the only one of the eighteen Bundesliga clubs to post a substantial decline on the previous season down from an average of 44,057 at the Olympiastadion to 47,384. The Old Lady also had none of their games sold-out (the only side in the league not to do so at least once).
Here at the DFL Bundesliga attendance figures in full:
(1) Borussia Dortmund- 79,222 (previous season 79,207)
(2) Bayern Munich- 75,058 (75,024)
(3) Schalke- 61,196 (60,506)
(4) VfB Stuttgart- 55,861 (49,499)
(5) Borussia Mönchengladbach- 50,718 (51,169)
(6) Hamburg- 50,703 (52,320)
(7) Eintracht Frankfurt- 49,033 (48,940)
(8) Köln- 48,464 (49,011)
(9) Hertha Berlin- 44,057 (47,384)
(10) Hannover- 42,008 (35,971)
(11) Werder Bremen- 40,253 (39,562)
(12) RB Leipzig- 39,054 (39,907)
(13) Bayer Leverkusen- 28,231 (28,322)
(14) Mainz- 27,818 (27,564)
(15) Hoffenheim- 27,580 (25,923)
(16) Augsburg- 26,954 (26,112)
(17) VfL Wolfsburg- 25,395 (26,386)
(18) Freiburg- 23,872 (23,924)
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