Germany’s 2. Bundesliga attendances outnumber top tier for first time

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2. Bundesliga, the second tier of German football, has seen its attendances outnumber the Bundesliga for the first time over the weekend. 

German football fans are currently protesting against proposals from the Deutsche Fußball Liga (DFL) over private investment in marketing revenue, but they have continued to fill most stadiums.

The second tier attracted 284,643 spectators across the nine matches taking place on Saturday, with 60,542 watching the game between Schalke and Wehen Wiesbaden. This was followed by Hertha Berlin against Magdeburg with 52,652 attending.

Additionally, some 35,462 watched Nuremberg take on Kaiserslautern; 31,500 witnessed Hannover 96 beat Fürth; 29,546 watched St. Pauli against Braunschweig; and four other games attracted attendances of 27,500, 26,563, 12,852 and 8,026, respectively.

The total of 284,643 beat the Bundesliga’s 261,099 fans that attended the nine games on Saturday.

FC Köln vs Werder Bremen was the closest challenger in the top tier, with 50,000 watching at RheinEnergie Stadium.

The lowest attendance in the Bundesliga was 15,000, as fans watched Heidenheim take on Bayern Leverkusen – though this is a sell-out for Voith-Arena. The lowest attendance in Bundesliga 2 was witnessed for the match between SV Elversberg and VfL Osnabruck at the 10,000-capacity Waldstadion an der Kaiserlinde, with 8,026 guests.

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