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Italy’s Serie A on track for 30-year attendance high

Italy’s Serie A football league said it is on track to attract more than 10 million spectators for the 2019-20 season for the first time in nearly 30 years.

According to data published by the top tier league, more than five million fans have attended games in total, with the average attendance reaching 26,952.

Attendance figures have seen a seven-per-cent increase compared to last year when the average attendance was 25,172, and a 26-per-cent rise compared to two years ago with an average of 21,415.

The league noted that if it maintains the current trend, it would close the 2019-20 Serie A season with more than 10 million total spectators, a goal that has not been exceeded for 29 years.

During the 10 games played over the weekend of January 11-13, the average attendance surpassed 31,174, up from 29,289 on the same weekend last year.

The highest attended game last weekend was Inter versus Atalanta at San Siro on Saturday where 70,042 fans flooded the stadium. With almost 10,000 fewer fans, the Roma against Juventus game had the second highest on Sunday with 60,513 fans in the Stadio Olimpico.

Earlier this week, Spain’s LaLiga and the French Football League (LFP) also reported an increase in attendance during the first half other their respective season. Attendances across the top two divisions of Spanish football increased by 1.53 per cent, with a registered total attendance of 7,605,952 in the first half of this season

Attendances in France’s Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 have been equally as impressive during the first half of the 2019-20 season, with a record-breaking 5.57 million fans attending matches.

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