League sees 37% attendance rise

Thursday 19th April 2007, 11:40 am

Saint Patrick's Athletic's home game against Bohemians was another well attended game.

Saint Patrick's Athletic's home game against Bohemians was another well attended game.

Photo by Tom Carey.

The FAI have today released some figures which show that compared to last season attendances are up by 37% after the completion of sixty-six eircom League of Ireland games.

On average 401 extra people are attending each game as the per game average attendance has risen from 1,079 at the same stage last season when 65,828 had attended 61 league games to 1,480 this term with a total attendance of 97,656 at 66 league games.

Fran Gavin, Director of the eircom League of Ireland, expressed his delight with the figures: "We have worked very hard to promote the league, both in terms of our marketing campaign and the work of the Club Promotion Officers in local communities, and we believe that these figures show that the work is paying off. It is fantastic that more people are choosing to support the eircom League of Ireland and we want to build on these figures over the coming months and years."

Noel Mooney, National Coordinator of the Club Promotion Officers Programme, said: "When we unveiled the Club Promotion Officers Programme, we said that our goal was to bring weekly attendance to 15,000 and eventually to 30,000. These figures show that we are getting there. The Club Promotion Officers have been fantastic and are working so hard to promote the clubs at community level. I am delighted for the league and I am delighted for the Club Promotion Officers."

While attendance figures are still very rarely published officially by anyone aggregated statistics for the six rounds of game to date show increases for each week so far.

While talked about in the following week, the first round of league action actually saw the smallest percentage increase in attendances but still stands as the most attended round of games.

Week 1
yearTotal AttendanceNo. matchesAverage
200720882111898
20061280081600
Percentage increase18.63%
Week 2
yearTotal AttendanceNo. matchesAverage
200715603111418
2006941111855
Percentage increase65.85%
Week 3
yearTotal AttendanceNo. matchesAverage
200712510101251
200610317101031
Percentage increase21.33%
Week 4
yearTotal AttendanceNo. matchesAverage
200713573111234
2006945210945
Percentage increase30.58%
Week 5
yearTotal AttendanceNo. matchesAverage
200718826121569
200610677101068
Percentage increase46.91%
Week 6
yearTotal AttendanceNo. matchesAverage
200716262111478
200613171121098
Percentage increase34.6%
Total
yearTotal AttendanceNo. matchesAverage
200797656661480
200665828611079
Percentage increase37.16%

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