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Serie A welcomes attendance uptick in 2018-19

The Italian Serie A football league has seen an uptick in fan attendance in the 2018-19 season, with 16 out of 20 clubs welcoming more supporters through the gate compared to 2017-18.

Lazio, which sits in 5th position in the table, has seen the highest increase with 24.9 per cent more fans at its games this year. In 2017-18, the club saw an average of 25,556 supporters in its 70,634-capacity Stadio Olimpico home, compared with 34,022 this year so far.

Other high risers include Fiorentina with a 23 per cent increase, Udinese with an 18.7 per cent rise and Cagliari with a 16.3 per cent jump in attendance.

Top of the league Inter Milan boasts the highest average attendance figures in both seasons, with 58,282 in 2017-18 and 62,331 in 2018-19, and has seen a 6.5 per cent influx of fans. The club’s 80,018-capacity San Siro home stadium is also the largest in Serie A, and shares hosting rights with A.C. Milan, whose attendance figures only increased 0.3 per cent.

Meanwhile, Napoli has seen a major downturn in attendance, losing 36.7 per cent of its supporters. Last year it welcomed an average of 46,155 fans to its 60,240-seat Stadio San Paolo, but has seen that fall to 33,773 this year.

Sampdoria also fell 4.2 percent, while Bologna and Genoa saw downturns of 3.5 per cent and 1.8 per cent, respectively.

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