Germany’s top professional football leagues have seen record ticket demand during the first half of the 2018-19 season, with more than nine million tickets sold.

The 36 clubs across the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 experienced a rise of 2.4 per cent compared with the first half of 2017-18 season, a rise of around 220,000 tickets.

The numbers are collected based on tickets sold, including free and complimentary tickets.

Individually, the Bundesliga saw a decline of 2.8 per cent on the average number of tickets sold per match to 42,217 compared with the previous season.

Meanwhile, the average number of tickets sold per game in Bundesliga 2 skyrocketed by 15.9 per cent to 19,339 since last year. The development in figures for the two leagues is a result of the change in their composition as a result of promotion and relegation.

Hamburg SV, which had an average attendance of 50,656 in the top league during the 2017-18 season, and FC Köln, which saw an average of 48,776 fans at each game, were relegated from the Bundesliga at the end of last season. Both figures surpass the average attendance of Bundesliga games during that season.

In the same year, FC Nürnberg, which had the highest average attendance in Bundesliga 2 of 30,558, and Fortuna Düsseldorf, which had the third highest of 28,838, returned to the top flight of German professional football.

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