Die Zuschauer - Attendance


Attendance for the German soccer leagues is among the highest in the world. For top leagues, the Bundesliga has been number one for the last few years, edging out the English Premier League, humbling the Spanish Primera and leaving crap leagues like the Italy's Serie Ha-ha in the dust.

Aside from increased interest, the construction of newer stadiums, such as Dortmund's new Westfalenstadion, Schalke's Arena-Auf-Schalke and Gladbach's new park have increased capacity. Dortmund's average attendance now hovers around the 80,000 mark, making them second only to Barcelona in the world.

In general, the trend upwards has also been at the expense of the lower leagues. The gap bewteen the Bundesliga and 2.Liga has grown, although top 2.Liga clubs will usually have quite respectable numbers. Attendance levels in the 3rd-4th-5th divisions are relatively crap, although an occasional "Kult" club might sometimes skew statistics. (For example, St.Pauli averaged almost 18,000 in the 3rd division.)


	ATTENDANCE THROUGH THE YEARS

			BUNDESLIGA			2.LIGA			 3rd DIVISION
		Total		Average		Total		Average		Total           Average

 2011/12        13,805,496	 45,116          5,261,939       17,196
 2010/11        13,051,796	 42,652          4,448,977       14,539
 2009/10        13,006,489	 42,504          4,583,010       14,977
 2008/09	12,825,811       41,914          4,758,337       15,550		2,134,179       5,616 (3.Liga)
 2007/08	11,815,215	 38,612          5,506,470       17,995
 2006/07	11,899,765	 38,888	         5,093,076       16,646
 2005/06	12,482,060	 40,791		 4,015,575	 13,123		1,353,052  	4,956 (RN)
 2004/05  	11,569,659	 37,809          4,144,613       13,544		1,442,228  	4,564 (RN)
 2003/04 	11,469,167 	 37,481   	 2,915,466	  9,528 	1,475,305  	4,821 (RN)
 2002/03 	10,464,649 	 34,198   	 3,407,308	 11,135 	  937,246       3,063 (RN)
 2001/02 	10,107,063	 33,030   	 2,768,721	  9,048   	1,145,908       3,744 (RN)
 2000/01 	 9,459,002	 30,912   	 3,215,069	 10,507		 
 1999/00 	 9,541,144	 31,180   	 3,734,664	 12,205 
 1998/99 	10,022,784	 32,754  	 2,634,143	  8,608   
 1997/98 	10,096,422	 32,995   	 2,840,317	  9,282   
 1996/97 	 9,442,825	 30,859   	 2,739,885	  8,954   
 1995/96 	 9,423,283	 30,795   	 2,301,228	  7,520   
 1994/95 	 9,194,961	 30,049   	 2,238,121	  7,314   
 1993/94 	 8,303,670	 27,136   	 2,649,712	  6,973   
 1992/93 	 8,027,324	 26,233   	 3,097,935	  5,612 
 1991/92 	 9,212,643	 24,244   
 1990/91	 6,639,115	 21,696   
 1989/90 	 6,498,384	 21,237   
 1988/89	 5,793,926	 18,934   
 1987/88 	 6,025,737	 19,692   
 1986/87 	 6,289,716	 20,555   
 1985/86 	 5,627,918	 18,392   
 1984/85 	 6,069,979	 19,837   
 1983/84 	 6,313,967	 20,634   
 1982/83 	 6,480,852	 21,179   
 1981/82 	 6,694,357	 21,877 
 1980/81 	 7,364,061	 24,066   
 1979/80	 7,427,985	 24,274   
 1978/79	 7,920,528	 25,884   
 1977/78	 8,449,530	 27,613   
 1976/77	 7,823,295	 25,566   
 1975/76	 7,120,282	 23,269   
 1974/75	 6,936,490	 22,668   
 1973/74	 6,794,872	 22,205   
 1972/73	 5,345,268	 17,468   
 1971/72	 5,724,478	 18,707   
 1970/71	 6,574,236	 21,484   
 1969/70	 6,283,146	 20,533   
 1968/69	 6,755,385	 22,076   
 1967/68	 6,471,207	 21,148   
 1966/67	 7,538,800	 24,637   
 1965/66	 7,576,760	 24,761   
 1964/65	 6,906,648	 28,778   
 1963/64	 6,626,374	 27,610   





		Attendance figures for 2003/04

			Total		Average
BUNDESLIGA	       11,442,009	37,392
2.BUNDESLIGA 		2,914,729 	 9,525 
REGIONALLIGA NORD	1,475,305	 4,821
REGIONALLIGA SÜD 	  662,099 	 2,164 
OBERLIGA		1,925,448     	   662
VERBANDSLIGA		1,300,000 	   200 (estimate)

	
OBERLIGA
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Avg.	Total		League

991	285,423		Nordost-Süd	
975	298,239		Nordrhein		
880	269,404		Hessen
776	265,464		Baden-Württemberg		
613	187,540		Niedersachen/Bremen	
467	142,753		Bayern
463	141,828		Südwest		
417	127,472		Westfalen		
332	113,650		Nordost-Nord		
306	 93,674		Hamburg/Schlewsig-Holstein

VERBANDSLIGA
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311	74,758		Niederrhein
296	62,160		Württemberg
286	77,920		Südbaden
247	75,620		Saarland
243	66,051		Sachsen-Anhalt
217	44,777		Thüringen
216	51,791		Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
193	43,524		Sachsen
192	43,483		Brandenburg
184	44,239		Südwest
163	39,105		Schleswig-Holstein
172	41,223		Hamburg
115	35,186		Berlin

Not available: 
Niedersachen West/Ost, Bremen, Westfalen 1/2, Mittelrhein, Rheinland, 
Hessen Nord/Mitte/Süd, Nordbaden, Bayern Nord/Mitte/Süd



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