Europe : 2009-10 Attendance Leaders

PostFinance-Arena

POSTFINANCE ARENA in Bern, Switzerland. Nationalliga A squad SC Bern again finished first in average attendance per game for all European professional ice hockey clubs. At right on the second level would be the popular (and steep) standing-room-only section; PostFinance Arena has an official capacity of 17,131 but only 6,709 fixed seats.

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IIHF Press Release — IIHF.COM — March 22, 2010

“AUSTRIAN LEAGUE CRACKS TOP SEVEN — SWISS SC BERN UNCHALLENGED AS TOP EURO DRAW”

Swiss National League A club SC Bern tops the IIHF’s annual list of Europe’s top drawing clubs for the eighth consecutive season. Despite dropping by around 500 fans per game from last year, SC Bern is still the unchallenged leader averaging 15,709 in the 17,131 PostFinance Arena during the 2009-10 season.

The list is compiled by the IIHF and is based on the numbers submitted by the leagues, which all have now completed their regular-season campaigns.

Second-placed EISBAEREN BERLIN (German DEL-league) is the only among the top clubs that shows an increase from last season. The German champion has for the first time climbed above the 14,000 mark, averaging 14,060 in their 14,200 02 World Arena, 99.01% of the arena capacity.

Swedish Elitserien club Vastra Frolunda Indians (Gothenburg) has regained third place with 11,399 fans per game, but the number is boosted by the December 28 game at the Ullevi Stadium which attracted a new European club outdoor record of 31,144 spectators. Vastra Frolunda has dropped in attendance for the second consecutive year after recording an all-time high of 11,688 in 2007-2008.

The clubs who are playing in the 2010 IIHF World Championships venues in Germany — ADLER MANNHEIM and KOELNER HAIE — round up the top five positions on the list, being the last two clubs who average over 10,000 spectators. But the Cologne club, playing out of the 18,500 Lanxess Arena, has seen a continuous attendance drop in the last three years, going from 12,711 fans per game in 2007 to the current 10,076.

Russian KHL-club SKA St. Petersburg is the biggest climber of the top clubs, advancing from position 18 to six, thanks to their increase from last year’s 6,614 to 9,400 in the current season. It should be noted that many of the KHL clubs announce estimated attendance figures after each game. 

Swedish Malmo Red Hawks is the highest non-top-league club on the list. The second-tier Allsvenskan club is 39th with an average of 5,592 spectators.

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TOP 25 EUROPEAN CLUBS BY AVERAGE ATTENDANCE :

  • 15,709 — SWZ — SC Bern
  • 14,060 — GER — Eisbaeren Berlin
  • 11,399 — SWE — HC Vastra Frolunda Goteborg
  • 11,094 — GER — Adler Mannheim  
  • 10,076 — GER — Koelner Haie
  •   9,400 — RUS — SKA St. Petersburg
  •   9,202 — RUS — Avangard Omsk
  •   8,682 — CZE — HC Pardubice
  •   8,594 — RUS — Torpedo Yaroslavl
  •   8,241 — RUS — Salavat Yulayev Ufa
  •   8,233 — FIN  —  Jokerit Helsinki
  •   7,749 — SWZ — SC Zurich
  •   7,500 — LAT —  Dynamo Riga
  •   7,158 — CZE —  HC Brno
  •   7,100 — RUS —  Amur Khabarovsk
  •   7,034 — SWE — Djurgarden Stockholm
  •   7,020 — CZE —  HC Plzen
  •   6,993 — GER — Hamburg Freezers
  •   6,969 — SWZ — HC Fribourg Gotteron
  •   6,939 — SWE — HV 71 Jonkoping
  •   6,899 — SWE — HC Linkoping
  •   6,784 — SWE — BK Farjestad Karlstad
  •   6,557 — RUS —  Sibir Novosibirsk
  •   6,554 — SWZ — HC Servette Geneva
  •   6,525 — CZE —  Sparta Prague

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The SCANDINAVIUM ARENA in Goteborg, Sweden, which is home to HC Vastra Frolunda --- the Indians.

The SCANDINAVIUM ARENA in Goteborg, Sweden, which is home to HC Vastra Frolunda --- the Indians.

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A shot from inside the Scandinavium Arena in Goteborg. Note there is a ring of separation between the spectators and dasherboards.

A shot from inside the Scandinavium Arena in Goteborg. Note there is a ring of separation between the spectators and dasherboards.

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 AVERAGE ATTENDANCE BY COUNTRY (LEAGUE) :

  • 6,190 avg — SWEDEN — Elitserien
  • 6,181 avg — SWITZERLAND — Nationalliga A
  • 5,807 avg — GERMANY — Deutsche Eishockey Liga
  • 5,474 avg — RUSSIA — Kontinental Hockey League *
  • 5,240 avg — CZECH REPUBLIC — Extraliga
  • 4,951 avg — FINLAND — SM Liiga
  • 3,301 avg — AUSTRIA — Erste Bank Eishockey Liga *
  • 2,364 avg — SLOVAKIA — Extraliga

* NOTES — The 24-team Kontinental Hockey League is primarily based in Russia but does have one team each from Belarus, Kazakhstan and Latvia.

The majority of the ten Erste Bank Eishockey Liga teams are located in Austria; two EBEL teams are from Slovenia and the league also boasts one squad each from Croatia and Hungary.

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