SC Bern tops the 2012-13 European attendance ranking again

SC Bern tops the 2012-13 European attendance ranking again

21 Mar 2013 | Petr Polak

SC Bern of the Swiss Nationalliga A set a new European record in attendance with a 16,330 fans average per game.

 
 
 
 

It is no surprise but a Europe's tradition that SC Bern tops the season's attendance rankings. Since the 2001-02 season there has been no better team in attendance than Bern. This is quite amazing fact itself, but what for more it is wonderful to see the people of Bern still can make the average better because the last season's number breaks the Bern's, the Swiss's and the Europe's all-time record. Let's see what will be the future trend, because the last season's average means 95.32% of the PostFinance Arena's capacity "only", so there is still room for improvement (capacity of the PostFinance Arena is 17,131).

The biggest growth of numbers experienced the Slovak KHL team of Slovan Bratislava. Before the club entered KHL, its last average from the 2011-12 season was 5,907. But in the last season it increased to 9,975, which makes Slovan Europe's 7th team. Bratislava's most famous capital has done a jump over 29 places in the ranking last year.

Another KHL's newcomer, LEV Prague, signed into the rankings with very nice average of 7,161 fans. But more than the actual number it will be interesting to watch how it will change during the next season when no NHL lockout will occur, because their last season's average could not be so high if four of Lev's games were not extraordinarily played in the Europe's second largest hockey rink, the O2 Arena of Prague. In October, Dynamo Moscow and SKA St. Petersburg brought several big NHL-star players to play against Lev and later the Slovan Bratislava brought thousands of their own fans with. In total those four games added 57,532 spectators to Lev's average.

The last of previous year's KHL new teams Donbass Donetsk also made the TOP 100 rankings, but grabbed 98th place only with 3,740 spectators (91.21% of Donetsk arena's capacity).

In overall view, there are three German teams, two Swiss and Russian clubs, and by one of Belarus, Finland and Slovakia in the Europe's TOP 10. From TOP 100 you can find six second-level teams (Djurgården; Malmö; Leksand (all SWE) Angarsk (RUS) Lausanne (SUI)) and also one third-level team - Löwen Frankfurt(GER).

Reflex of the club's ranking can be found also in the leagues' TOP10. The most attended league was the Swiss Nationalliga A with average of 6,620 spectators per game. The second best league was Deutsche Eishockey Liga from Germany and the third place went for Russian based Kontinental Hockey League.

On the other hand it is very sad that Slovakia averagely earned 2,018 spectators per game only so also the Swedish second-level league called Allsvenskan reached better numbers (3,227). This is the worse side of KHL because in quit of Slovan Bratislava the Slovak's top competition has lost one of two its most prestigious clubs and the competition then lost its point.

Attendance figures in European hockey leagues 2012/2013

#

Club

Country

Average

Cap. %

1

SC Bern

SUI

16,330

95.32%

2

Dynamo Minsk

BLR

14,299

94.78%

3

Eisbären Berlin

GER

14,034

98.83%

4

Kölner Haie

GER

12,199

65.94%

5

SKA St. Petersburg

RUS

11,917

95.34%

6

Adler Mannheim

GER

10,796

79.38%

7

Slovan Bratislava

SVK

9,975

99.20%

8

Jokerit Helsinki

FIN

9,828

71.92%

9

ZSC Lions Zurich

SUI

8,745

81.24%

10

Lokomotiv Yaroslavl

RUS

8,712

96.31%

11

Frölunda Gothenburg

SWE

8,588

71.31%

12

HC Pardubice

CZE

8,490

83.28%

13

Avangard Omsk

RUS

8,060

78.12%

14

Medvescak Zagreb

CRO

7,944

90.40%

15

Hamburg Freezers

GER

7,690

60.06%

16

HIFK Helsinki

FIN

7,363

90.68%

17

Kometa Brno

CZE

7,196

99.94%

18

Lev Prague

CZE

7,161

50.39%

19

Salavat Yulayev Ufa

RUS

7,160

90.06%

20

Traktor Chelyabinsk

RUS

7,142

95.23%

21

Amur Khabarovsk

RUS

7,100

22

Genève-Servette

SUI

6,967

23

HV71 Jönköping

SWE

6,770

24

Fribourg-Gottéron

SUI

6,537

25

Sparta Prague

CZE

6,445

26

Sibir Novosibirsk

RUS

6,305

27

EV Zug

SUI

6,302

28

Linköpings HC

SWE

6,287

29

Brynäs Gävle

SWE

6,229

30

Dinamo Riga

LAT

6,228

31

Färjestad Karlstad

SWE

6,209

32

Djurgården Stockholm

SWE-2

6,184

33

TPS Turku

FIN

6,103

34

Nuremberg Ice Tigers

GER

6,081

35

Kärpät Oulu

FIN

6,005

36

MODO Örnsköldsvik

SWE

5,884

37

Atlant Mytishi

RUS

5,875

38

Skoda Plzen

CZE

5,838

39

Malmö Redhawks

SWE-2

5,794

40

Metallurg Magnitogorsk

RUS

5,765

41

Yermak Angarsk

RUS-2

5,684

42

Tappara Tampere

FIN

5,648

43

Rytiri Kladno

CZE

5,597

44

Dynamo Moscow

RUS

5,478

45

Kloten Flyers

SUI

5,366

46

SCL Tigers Langnau

SUI

5,355

47

Torpedo N. Novgorod

RUS

5,250

48

Skellefteå AIK

SWE

5,197

49

Luleå HF

SWE

5,184

50

Neftekhimik Nizhn.

RUS

5,138

51

Krefeld Pinguine

GER

5,108

52

Vienna Capitals

AUT

5,079

53

Vitkovice Ostrava

CZE

5,075

54

Nottingham Panthers

GBR

5,057

55

Düsseldorfer EG

GER

5,054

56

Växjö Lakers

SWE

5,042

57

Straubing Tigers

GER

5,005

58

Leksands IF

SWE-2

5,000

59

AIK Stockholm

SWE

4,998

60

EHC Biel

SUI

4,909

61

Ilves Tampere

FIN

4,879

62

HC Ambrì-Piotta

SUI

4,859

63

Ak Bars Kazan

RUS

4,839

64

Yuzhny Ural Orsk

RUS-2

4,803

65

HC Davos

SUI

4,784

66

Slavia Prague

CZE

4,747

67

HC Lugano

SUI

4,725

68

Espoo Blues

FIN

4,685

69

Sary-Arka Karaganda

KAZ

4,588

70

Rapperswil-Jona L.

SUI

4,566

71

Ässät Pori

FIN

4,556

72

Lausanne HC

SUI-2

4,485

73

HC Litvinov

CZE

4,470

74

PSG Zlin

CZE

4,454

75

Severstal Cherepovets

RUS

4,448

76

HC Ceske Budejovice

CZE

4,395

77

Timrå IK

SWE

4,326

78

Bili Tygri Liberec

CZE

4,264

79

Pelicans Lahti

FIN

4,246

80

Metallurg Novokuznetsk

RUS

4,226

81

Pirati Chomutov

CZE

4,178

82

Augsburger Panther

GER

4,152

83

KAC Klagenfurt

AUT

4,030

84

HC Kosice

SVK

4,029

85

KalPa Kuopio

FIN

4,000

86

Lukko Rauma

FIN

3,959

87

Löwen Frankfurt

GER-3

3,948

88

Belfast Giants

GBR

3,932

89

HPK Hämeenlinna

FIN

3,931

90

CSKA Moscow

RUS

3,931

91

JYP Jyväskylä

FIN

3,903

92

Rögle BK

SWE

3,886

93

SaiPa Lappeenranta

FIN

3,873

94

Avt. Yekaterinburg

RUS

3,822

95

VSV Villach

AUT

3,806

96

Ocelari Trinec

CZE

3,784

97

Black Wings Linz

AUT

3,750

98

Donbass Donetsk

UKR

3,740

99

Iserlohn Roosters

GER

3,734

100

Stavanger Oilers

NOR

3,663

Regular-Season average league attendance Europe & Asia 2012/2013

League

Attendance

1

Switzerland - National League A

6,620

2

Germany - Deutsche Eishockey Liga

6,172

3

Russia - Kontinental Hockey League

6,106

4

Sweden - Elitserien

5,717

5

Finland - SM-liiga

5,213

6

Czech Republic - Extraliga

5,169

7

Austria - EBEL

3,547

8

Slovakia - Extraliga

2,018

9

Great Britain - Elite Ice Hockey League

1,977

10

Norway - Get Ligaen

1,627

11

France - Ligue Magnus

1,516

12

Denmark - AL-Bank Liga

1,501

13

Poland - Polska Liga

1,171

14

Italy - Serie A

1,067

15

Asia League (CHN/KOR/JPN)

977

16

Belarus - Extraliga

897

17

Netherlands - Eredivisie

812

18

MOL Liga

705

Regular-Season average attendance in European 2nd-tier leagues 2012/2013

League

Attendance

1

Sweden - Allsvenskan

3,227

2

Germany - 2. Bundesliga

2,267

3

Switzerland - National League B

2,016

4

Russia - VHL

1,918

5

Finland - Mestis

1,134

6

Czech Republic - 1. liga

993


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