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THE SOLID ATTENDANCES TO THE RIAZOR

02 Jan 2012
Deportivo not only has the best attendances at Segunda División, but it also has better numbers than the half of the clubs at Primera División; a demonstration of the support that the club is receiving during its year in hell.

It could be strange, but one of the best news with the relegation of Depor to Segunda División is the rebirth of the Deportivismo, which can be witnessed by the growing number of socios and also with the attendances to the stadium. Last season the average attendance to the Riazor was 22,473 spectators, now it has risen to 25,333, which means an increase of 13%.

On the current season the Riazor holds the record attendance at Segunda with almost 35,000 for the derby with RC Celta, actually of the eight best attendances at liga Adelante seven belong to Deportivo, the other was the one had for the derby Hércules CF-Elche (23,500). So far, the Riazor has hosted 228,000 fans in nine league matches for an average of 25,333 per game, it represents the 20% of the public attending to the stadiums at Segunda.

The marks of Deportivo are not only important for Segunda División, but are also among the best at Primera; and it’s that the average attendance to the Riazor on this season is bigger than the one had by the half of clubs at the elite of Spanish football. The surprising fact is that, despite the general opinion,, Spanish football is not losing public as it was said before, actually according to the reports of ESPN the average attendance in la liga has passed from 29,128 on the past season to 30,713 in the first six months on this campaign (an increase of 5%).

This increase represents an interesting situation; the clubs and the fans have complained of the new hours fixed for the matches, some games are now played at noon on Sundays, or late at night on Fridays and Mondays, which is bothering the hard die fans; there was the general comment that Spanish football was losing public at the stands due to this situation and also for the financial crisis wiping off the country, but the stats says otherwise.

And it’s that only five clubs at Primera have now a worse average attendance compared to last season, three of those clubs –Sevilla, Zaragoza and Osasuna- have minimal losses, while the only two clubs with big cuts are Racing Santander (-10%) and Villarreal CF (-7%), which can be interpreted as a result of their poor results on the current competition.

The major part of the clubs are having better attendances, almost all of them are minimal though; the best case is Levante UD, club that has passed from an average attendance of 16,368 on the season 2010/11 to 19,000 now, which represents an increase of 16%. Again it can be interpreted as a product of the results of the team as the Valencians are among the top-four clubs at the standings.

The 13% of increase at the Riazor attendances is leaving Deportivo halfway the marks at Primera, because the 25,333 fans that are now visiting the Riazor represent a better mark than half of the clubs at Liga BBVA; a vital thing for a club that wants to recover its spot at the elite of Spanish football.

Comparison of the Riazor attendances on this season with the ones at the clubs at Primera División:

No

Club

Total

Average

1

Barcelona

756,000

84,000

2

Real Madrid

505,900

72,271

3

Atletico

405,000

45,000

4

Valencia

397,000

44,111

5

Betis

280,500

40,071

6

Athletic

335,500

37,277

7

Sevilla

322,000

35,777

8

RCD Espanyol

198,500

28,357

9

Real Sociedad

181,500

25,928

10

Zaragoza

206,500

25,812

*

Deportivo

228,000

25,333

11

Malaga

170,000

24,285

12

Sporting

192,500

21,388

13

Levante

133,000

19,000

14

Villarreal

120,500

17,214

15

Osasuna

135,500

16,937

16

Granada

122,500

15,312

17

Racing

116,000

14,500

18

Mallorca

129,500

14,388

19

Rayo Vallecano

86,000

12,285

20

Getafe

89,500

11,187


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