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Only Premier League boasted more fans in the gate

Championship has second-highest attendance figures in Europe

2024/06/11 17:06

Attendance figures from last season show that the Championship was the second-most attended league in Europe last season - behind only the Premier League. 

In what was the highest overall attendance at Championship games since records began, over 130 years ago, 12 million people bought tickets to second tier games in 2023/24 - an increase of 22% on the previous season, according to the EFL. 

That figure means the Championship outstripped Germany's Bundesliga, Spain's La Liga and Italy's Serie A, in terms of spectators watching games in person.

"The 2023-24 numbers are tangible proof that our competitions now rank among some of the most exciting and popular in European football," said EFL chief executive Trevor Birch in a statement.

"It really is a remarkable feat when you consider the quality of players and football on show across the continent.

"These numbers are not only a result of the strength and depth of the EFL but also highlight the importance of the football pyramid and the reasons why we need to protect it."

Notably, the Championship play-off final between Leeds United and Southampton at Wembley, in which the Saints prevailed 1-0, had a bigger gate at Wembley (85,862) than the FA Cup final between Manchester United and Manchester City the previous day (84,814).


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2024-06-11 18h23m by ocollinsworth
But to beat out leagues with such rich histories and traditions, it just goes to show how far we have come in recent years.

Wow, this is incredible! The Championship has proven once again that it is one of the most popular and exciting leagues in Europe. With record-breaking attendance figures and beating out well-established leagues like the Bundesliga and La Liga, it's clear that the Championship is on the rise. The quality of players and football on display is top-notch and it's no surprise that
2024-06-11 17h50m by sparkerfield
Wow, impressive numbers! This just goes to show how dedicated and passionate football fans are in the Championship. Can't wait to see the growth and excitement continue in the upcoming season!
2024-06-11 17h43m by dnelsons
Wow, this is amazing! The Championship is now the second-most attended league in Europe, only behind the Premier League. With 12 million tickets sold last season, it's clear that more and more people are drawn to the excitement and competitiveness of the second tier of English football. This is a true testament to the quality of players and football on display in the Championship. Well done to all the teams and fans!


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