CHL – Hot or not?

CHL – Hot or not?

Henrik Lundqvist06 Sep 2015Henrik Lundqvist»
 

Comparing CHL average attendance with the domestic leagues it is clear that the tournament is way more interesting for the fans from the weaker leagues that from the stronger. Especially in Czech Republic, Sweden and Switzerland the numbers are poor.

 
 
 
 

The average attendance of the Group stage games of Champions Hockey League was 3,395. A step up from last season’s 3,048 but still far from what the clubs had during the domestic leagues last season. In 2014-15 this season’s CHL clubs had an average of 5,502 spectators at the domestic league regular season games.

Only eight of the forty-eight CHL clubs had more fans in the seats at the CHL games than at last season’s league games: Neman Grodno (Belarus), Storhamar (Norway), Kosice (Slovakia), Braehead (Scotland), Grenoble (France), Nitra (Slovakia), Sheffield (England) and Gap (France).

Thirteen of the clubs had less than half the number of spectators compared to the league. Of those thirteen four were Swedish, four Czech, three Swiss, one Finnish and one German.

Looking country by country instead of comparing the individual clubs it is clear that fans from Czech Republic (46%), Switzerland (46%) and Sweden (45%) appreciate CHL the least. In those three countries the number of people in the arena is less than half than at league games. Five of the represented countries have more fans at CHL games than at league games: Belarus (165%), Slovakia (122%), Norway (111%), Great Britain (104%) and France (103%). It is also worth noticing that Finnish (71%) and German (66%) clubs do a lot better than Swedish, Swiss and Czech.

How long will it take before we see the same number of fans and CHL games as at league games in the stronger countries?

Club League 14/15 CHL 2015 Diff. Percent
Neman Grodno 1593 2621 1028 164,5%
Storhamar Dragons 3092 5024 1932 162,5%
HC Kosice 3629 4905 1276 135,2%
Braehead Clan 3065 3271 206 106,7%
Grenoble Brûleurs de Loups 3175 3300 125 103,9%
HK Nitra 2450 2523 73 103,0%
Sheffield Steelers 3976 4048 72 101,8%
Les Rapaces de Gap 2507 2531 24 101,0%
Kärpät Oulu 5657 5589 -68 98,8%
EHC LIWEST Linz 4515 4300 -215 95,2%
Düsseldorfer EG 7847 6633 -1214 84,5%
HC Davos 4763 4004 -759 84,1%
Luleå HF 5021 4062 -959 80,9%
JYP Jyväskylä 3393 2657 -736 78,3%
TPS Turku 5444 4163 -1281 76,5%
UPC Vienna Capitals 4569 3450 -1119 75,5%
Adler Mannheim 11320 8481 -2839 74,9%
EHC München 4275 3158 -1117 73,9%
Stavanger Oilers 4095 2939 -1156 71,8%
Tappara Tampere 5223 3698 -1525 70,8%
Lukko Rauma 3806 2604 -1202 68,4%
Genève-Servette HC 6619 4516 -2103 68,2%
EC Red Bull Salzburg 2352 1551 -801 65,9%
KalPa Kuopio 3441 2261 -1180 65,7%
Klagenfurter AC 4761 3088 -1673 64,9%
Krefeld Pinguine 5019 3231 -1788 64,4%
Skellefteå AIK 5030 3212 -1818 63,9%
SønderjyskE 2579 1629 -950 63,2%
HC Vitkovice Steel 5534 3389 -2145 61,2%
ERC Ingolstadt 3854 2300 -1554 59,7%
HIFK Helsinki 6854 3903 -2951 56,9%
EV Zug 6366 3389 -2977 53,2%
Växjö Lakers 4980 2577 -2403 51,7%
Bili Tygri Liberec 4360 2249 -2111 51,6%
Färjestads BK 5992 3052 -2940 50,9%
Linköpings HC 5850 2881 -2969 49,2%
Espoo Blues 3985 1943 -2042 48,8%
HC Sparta Praha 6116 2970 -3146 48,6%
Eisbären Berlin 13018 6110 -6908 46,9%
HC Fribourg-Gottéron 6261 2738 -3523 43,7%
HC Ocelari Trinec 4920 2142 -2778 43,5%
HC Verva Litvinov 5230 1998 -3232 38,2%
SC Bern 16164 5994 -10170 37,1%
HC Dynamo Pardubice 8298 3074 -5224 37,0%
HV71 6784 2209 -4575 32,6%
Djurgårdens IF 7924 2328 -5596 29,4%
Frölunda HC 9087 2396 -6691 26,4%
ZSC Lions 9331 1905 -7426 20,4%

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