Premier League Average Attendances vs Stadium Capacity
Yesterday MOMS published an article on how Aston Villa’s average home attendance had increased last season, but was below the Premier League average. As some fans pointed out, due to the different sizes of Premier League club’s stadiums, it only tells half the story. How are teams actually filling their grounds in relation to the actual capacity of it?
Luckily MOMS reader Joel Haynes was on hand to knock up a swift spreadsheet of what the average attendance is as a percentage of the respective team’s stadium’s full capacity.
For those of you who think statistics that show Villa in a bad light are negative propaganda, you better look away now.
The overall Premier League average of all games being 95.60% of capacity is impressive, but as we all know Aston Villa only get full houses when the likes of Manchester United or Liverpool come to town. Yet despite poor performances on the pitch with an astonishing 19 league home defeats in the last two seasons, having an average attendance of over 36,000 last season was pretty good.
With a team that can entertain the Villa Park faithful and chalk up better results, the average attendance would be expected to rise a couple of thousand relatively easily.
It’s no surprise seeing two under-performing teams (Villa and Sunderland) with over 40,000 capacity stadiums being the only two teams whose average attendance is less than 90% of their capacity. The bigger the ground, the bigger the holes that will appear when under performing.
Interestingly it seems the David Moyes factor has seen Manchester United slip from what would have been an expected first place in the above table. It doesn’t matter how big a team’s fanbase is, if what’s happening on the pitch isn’t good enough, they’ll be empty seats m’lord.