The Premier League average attendances for 2017/18 are listed below.

Listed club by club so far, with each team having played 14 or 15 times at home, apart from West Ham (13) as they hosted the World Athletics last Summer, which meant their stadium couldn’t be used in the opening weeks of the season.

The 2000/01 season saw the redeveloped St James Park open for business with a 52,000+ capacity, increased by some 16,000 seats.

Only Old Trafford attracted bigger crowds, until Arsenal moved to the Emirates and pushed Newcastle into third place.

Mike Ashley is constricting Newcastle United’s ambitions, including any expansion of St James Park, the owner personally profiting by developing land opposite the Gallowgate End using a lease that he has transferred from club ownership into his own separate company. A small fee paid for that leas transfer which will be dwarfed by what he makes from the offices. retail, hotels, student accommodation development, which will then block any expansion of the Gallowgate End.

At pretty much every other club though, the focus is on how to get a bigger capacity and expand your fanbase.

As a result, Newcastle now find themselves with only the seventh highest position when it comes to Premier League average attendances.

Tottenham’s use of Wembley has now pushed them second only to Manchester United, whilst when they move to their new stadium next season, their capacity will be smaller than their current crowds but still in excess of Newcastle’s.

Arsenal are now third, with then West Ham and Man City in new bigger stadiums, plus Liverpool expanding Anfield.

Both Chelsea and Everton also have plans for bigger grounds and so, Newcastle could then find themselves no better than ninth when it comes to match-going crowds.

Once again, it does make you wonder just what could be possible with new ambitious owners.

If Newcastle can average 51,000+ in the Championship and St James Park full pretty much every week watching poor football this season, just what could be possible with ambition on and off the pitch, including a drive towards looking at ideas of expanding St James Park?

Premier League average attendances table courtesy of World Football:

premier league average attendances

The figures above are of course tickets sold, with in the past it being shown that Arsenal have as many as 6,000 fans on average who don’t bother turning up to games, even though they have paid for their tickets.

This has also been a growing trend at both West Ham and Man City, nearly every match you see sizeable numbers of empty seats, both clubs having sold a lot of season tickets for under £300 in order to fill a bigger stadium, cheaper prices making it seemingly easier for some fans to pick and choose their matches.

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  • Paul Patterson

    Not bad for a club with zero ambition . .

  • Leazes.

    Sam….Ashley sells kids season tickets for the family enclosure (level 7) at £70 per season…. six thousand of them.

    Potential gates are determined by the competition within the catchment area, and as one Liverpool fan pointed out we have a large catchment area, it isn’t loyalty to a cr*p team, its the ability to sell seats to fill out an undersized stadium which makes the figures look like loyalty, steadfastness, what you will.

    The London clubs sell their tickets to agencies who offer them to tourists as part of a package, along with theatre, the london eye, and that sort of thing, they are paid for but tourists get sidetracked.

    This is a football City and a successful United should have what Cardiff has for rugby, in a stadium that looks finished and is capable of catering for people in the 21st century, preferably with a roof so you can maximise events in this climate.

    If you want to work out mathematically a formula for the best supported team it would be along the lines of….

    Population divided by number clubs competing for fans = potential fan base (P) where say people live within 90 minutes commute.
    P/actual gate = n

    n is a constant coefficient for club

    ….then compare this figure for each club….

    I’ve no intention of doing it, so I can’t really say who the best supporters are, but it’s probably not us!

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Leave it to Clarko, he`ll do it

      • Leazes.

        I’d like to see someone do it, but unfortunately there is a limitation on the ground size that some clubs are running at capacity, so you can’t really do a comparison.

    • Ken

      I remember this was done many years ago in the 80’s I think, and Burnley
      came out on top, that was obviously before the premier league. However. they were still 1st division at the time. The formula was something like crowd to population to catchment area and other clubs distance away.

    • Albert Stubbins

      not to kids on their own he doesnt- i had one last season and paid nearly three hundred for the privilege!! it also ends at age 17. at 18 it goes up another 200 quid!! Ashley is raking it in.

  • Mxpx

    So hold on arsenal are demonstrating we don’t need a bigger capacity we just need to find those 6000 fans and sell em season tickets then we could have 58000 tickets sold

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    It wouldn’t be Newcastle Utd if we were not banging on about attendances somewhere !
    We should have had a new stadium years ago and that is why we now find ourselves falling behind other clubs.
    The short-termism displayed by the Halls and Shepherd have led us to this point and is further development of St James’ Park really a good idea ?

    This will not be popular but St James’ Park is no longer viable for where it is situated and already looks like an eyesore multi-storey car park.
    Unfortunately it is already ruining the look of the city and further development would be a bad idea.

    If we are honest the way the stadium is now creates no atmosphere anymore which is a sad fact but cannot be denied.
    St James’ Park has been an iconic venue with a lot of emotion attached to it but it is time to face facts that only a move to a new site is the way forward.

    • Albert Stubbins

      theres been some good atmospheres this season- liverpool, man yoo, west ham, stoke. Ive been going for over thirty years now and yes standing stadiums did generate better atmosphers but it st james is still up there with the best when we play some attacking football. What do you think a new stadium would do like? its all about what the team do on the pitch that influences the noise off it- as for saying it looks like a multi storey car park and ruining the look of the city? are you taking the p***? you move if you want but im happy staying just where I am and I suspect there are thousands more like me. How is st james’ not viable anymore?

      • X,WHY,Y MAN.

        They are few and far between and the place is like a library most of the time due to the lopsided nature of the expansion.
        If a new stadium was designed where it was the same height all the way around would create a better atmosphere.
        Granted it would probably take a while to settle in but would be worth it in the long run.

        If we were to expand the Gallowgate it would be a headache with the road at the back and the metro station to take into consideration.
        It would also take up a lot of room and make the area look unsightly.
        It is already right onto Barrack Rd so it is time to think practically rather than emotively.

        • Albert Stubbins

          I think we need a decent team first dont you?

      • Rich Lawson

        It is,and creating more seats for people who can’t actually see the match without binoculars is just greed,plain and ”simples”

  • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

    Run out of articles to write? Do something on attendances and put the word ‘interesting’ in the headline.