Ligue 1 sets new record for mid-season attendance

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France’s Ligue de Football Professionel (LFP) has revealed that Ligue 1’s mid-season attendance figure for the 2022-23 campaign has risen to record levels.

More than 4.5 million fans attended Ligue 1 matches during the first 19 weeks of the season, a 12% increase on the 2021-22 campaign. The figure also represents a 5% increase on the same stage at the 2019-20 season, before the COVID-19 pandemic forced games behind closed doors.

The average attendance per match so far this season in Ligue 1 is 23,773, another record. Stadiums in Ligue 1 were 81% full during the first half of the season, an 11% increase on 2021-22 and a 7% increase on 2019-20.

The LFP noted that the figures have been driven by the 290,000 season ticket holders in Ligue 1 at an average of 14,500 fans per club.

The match with the highest attendance was Olympique de Marseille vs AC Ajaccio at the Stade Vélodrome on October 8, which attracted 63,416 fans. Marseille also has the league’s highest average attendance with 62,449, followed by Paris Saint-Germain with 47,667, Olympique Lyonnais with 46,305, RC Lens with 37,562 and LOSC Lille with 36,155.

PSG has the highest stadium occupancy rate, with the Parc des Princes 99% full during the first half of the season. Lens, Strasbourg, Stade Rennais, Marseille and Clermont Foot 63 also have occupancy rates of 90% or higher.

AS Monaco has the lowest average attendance with 6,865, followed by Ajaccio (7,597) and ESTAC Troyes (9,242). Monaco and Troyes also have the lowest stadium occupancy rates at 42% and 47%, respectively.