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:
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.