German side Borussia Dortmund may not have finished as the best team in the Bundesliga this season, but there is one award that they can boast about, both within Germany and across the rest of Europe.
Signal Iduna Park’s capacity is said to be 81,359, so it’s a great credit to Dortmund fans that they consistently turn out and support Thomas Tuchel’s men week-in-week-out.
Dortmund’s average attendance of 79,653 is by far the best in Europe, as Barcelona sit in second with 77,944, whilst Manchester United lie in third with an average of 75,290.
Perhaps surprisingly, Real Madrid only sit in fifth position with an average of 69, 170, whilst another big surprise in the top 10 sees West Ham included. The Hammers had a poor first season in their new home, but that didn’t stop an average of 56,972 fans flocking to the London Stadium throughout the last year.
German clubs rather dominate the table when it comes to places 11-20, but one standout name in that section is newly promoted Newcastle United, who defied their Championship status by finishing in 15th.
Their local neighbours Sunderland, who by contrast has a wretched season and finished rock-bottom of the Premier League, were another club who defied expectation by finishing in 29th place, with an average attendance of over 41,000.
The fact that they are someway ahead of Tottenham Hotspur, who let’s not forget finished in second in the Premier League, rather highlights why Spurs had to say goodbye to White Hart Lane.
The famous old ground did have its capacity reduced at the start of the season to create space for the development of the Northumberland project, and that is partly why England’s second best team this season finished in a disappointing 47th place.
Perhaps the most intriguing comparison to make is the stark difference between two former Italian giants.
Inter and AC Milan, who share the San Siro, saw their figures differ quite dramatically as the Rossoneri registered an average of 7,000 less fans than their neighbours, to rather highlight the club’s worrying decline.
For the full list of the top 50 club’s in Europe with the best average attendance for the 2016/2017 season, please turn to the bottom of this article.
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|Place||European Club||Average Attendance for 2016/2017 Season|
|8||West Ham United||56,972|
|24||Paris Saint Germain||45,317|