Euro attendance figures
SC Bern sets yet another all-time European attendance record; tops list for 5th consecutive year. Sweden's Frölunda new third with all-time high.
Swiss 2005-06 regular season champion SC Bern has set a new all-time attendance record for a club team in Europe. The club from the Swiss capital recorded an average of 15.994 fans in 22 home games in the 16,789 BernArena, to top all European clubs for a fifth consecutive year. The Swiss league plays a 44-game schedule.
This is the first time a European club closes in on the 16,000-barrier, only a season after Bern became the first club in European hockey to surpass the average of 15,000. The club recorded 15,360 fans per game during the 2004-05-season. In 2000-2001, the season the IIHF started the Top-25 list, Bern averaged barely over 10,000 fans per game.
It was generally believed that the attendance figures in the European leagues would decrease following the extraordinary 2004-05 season when over 380 NHL-players signed with European clubs, but that proved not to be correct. Not only did Bern record an increase, but also the second and third placed clubs on the IIHF-list, Kölner Haie (Germany) and Frölunda Indians, Göteborg (Sweden), had higher spectator numbers than in the previous year.
Kölner Haie finished second (for the fifth consecutive year) with an average of 12,453 (12,235 in 04-05) fans per game in the 18,502 KölnArena, while Frölunda Indians is the new number three with an average of 11,682 (11.676 in 04-05) in the 12,044 Scandinavium arena. Frölunda’s record is also a Swedish league all-time high. The reigning Swedish champion also set an impressive mark with 47 (and counting) consecutive regular season games with plus-10,000 fans in attendance (dating back to October 2, 2004).
German league Adler Mannheim is the most improved club, jumping from 5,138 and a 28th position to 11,057 and a fourth place on the list. This is of course due to the club’s recent move to the state-of-the-art 13,600-seat SAP Arena, one of the projected venues for the 2010 IIHF World Championship in Germany (the KölnArena is the other).
Best attendance figures in European hockey leagues 2005-2006
(Third column indicates capacity percentage)
|3.||(4)||Västra Frölunda Indians||11,682||97,0%|
|16||(19)||DEG Metro Stars||6,652|
Figures according to IIHF
Click here for the 2004-2005 Top-20 list.
Story added on 16th March 2006 at 20:15 GMT
Story submitted by: Joeri Loonen.