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Premier League sets record average attendance

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Football’s English Premier League has announced that its average attendance during the 2022-23 season rose to a record 40,267.

The figure represents an increase on the previous season, when the average crowd across the 380 matches was 39,950.

Grounds were also fuller than ever before, with the average utilisation of stadiums at 98.7% of capacity, up from 97.7% in 2021-22.

The three clubs relegated from the Premier League last season – Leicester City, Leeds United and Southampton – all have stadiums with capacities of over 30,000, and their absence is likely to influence next season’s average attendance figure.

By comparison, newly promoted Luton Town’s Kenilworth Road has a current capacity of 10,300, with Burnley’s Turf Moor and Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane holding around 22,000 and 32,000 fans, respectively.

The Premier League remains the best-attended football league in Europe. Last week, the English Football League (EFL) reported that its competitions for the 2022-23 season drew their highest cumulative attendances in nearly seven decades.

The total mark of 21,749,440 is the best for league matches since 1953-54. Of that total, 19.8 million attended a fixture in the Championship, League One or League Two, and their respective end of season play-offs, ranking the season in the top 10 highest regular EFL attendances of all time. 

The Championship is the fifth best-attended division in Europe behind only the Premier League, Bundesliga, LaLiga and Serie A. The Championship is ahead of France’s Ligue 1, which set its own attendance record in 2022-23 as 9.05 million spectators visited its stadiums.

Attendances in Spain’s LaLiga also increased to over 11 million during the 2022-23 season, while Italy’s Serie A posted its best attendance figures since the turn of the century as an average of 29,495 fans headed through stadium gates.