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SBD Global/January 17, 2014/Leagues and Governing Bodies

Athletic Bilbao Leading La Liga Attendance With 98.9% Capacity Crowds Over Season's First Half

Attendance in La Liga has been a "point of concern" for the Spanish Football League (LFP) over the past several years, as the economic crisis "continues to tighten" its "stranglehold on the pocketbooks of Spanish football fans," according to Tom Conn of INSIDE SPANISH FOOTBALL. Despite promises from LFP President Javier Tebas prior to the start of the season that "attendance for the first round would see a 3%-4% rise in attendance, in reality, it was only 1.1%," according to Sphera Sports' attendance data. The report found that the "average attendance of Primera Division stadia registered an attendance of 70.8% capacity, just 1.1% more than last season," with only eight matches at full capacity, including five at Athletic Bilbao’s New San Mames stadium (INSIDE SPANISH FOOTBALL, 1/16).

Top 10 Average Crowds From First Half Of '13-14 La Liga Season
 CLUB CAPACITY   
AVERAGE
ATTENDANCE    
PERCENTAGE OF
CAPACITY
Athletic Bilbao 36,651 36,245
98.9
Real Madrid
80,000 72,834 91
Atlético Madrid     54,581 45,360 83.1
Real Sociedad       
32,000 25,685 80.3
Barcelona
98,772 73,969 74.9
Málaga 29,500 21,829 74
Osasuna 19,800 13,616 68.8
Valencia 52,000 35,800 68.8
Villarreal 24,500 16,746 68.3
Sevilla
45,500 31,025 68.2
To see each La Liga team's attendance figures, click here.

LFP IMPROVES ON '12-13: In Madrid, Abraham Romero reported the LFP, which also includes the Spanish second division, attracted a total of 6.4 million fans over the first half of the season, representing a 3.66% increase from the previous season's figures (AS, 1/16).
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