Aviva Premiership Rugby attendances are booming
After a fortnight of European action a full programme of matches are staged this weekend, kicking off with Sale Sharks’ trip to Worcester Warriors this Friday night.
And Premiership Rugby can confirm that there has been a 14.2% rise in attendances year-or-year to an average of 11,950 across Aviva Premiership Rugby. If Saracens v Leicester Tigers in Round 3 at Wembley Stadium is excluded, which drew a crowd of 41,063, attendances are still up 6.4% year-on-year with an average crowd of 11,040.
“These are impressive figures and show that the 12 Aviva Premiership Rugby clubs are producing a diet of rugby that supporters are enjoying in big numbers,” said Premiership Rugby Chief Executive Mark McCafferty,
“We expected a rise over the first six rounds because we were comparing matches that took place while the Rugby World Cup was on in 2011, but the steep rise across Aviva Premiership Rugby shows its strength.
“This weekend we have another six mouth-watering ties in prospect, which include – for armchair fans – a Sky Sports double-header from The Recreation Ground and Kingsholm.”
Average Aviva Premiership Rugby attendances:
Average Rounds 1-6, 2012 – 11,950
Average Rounds 1-6, 2011 – 10,251
Average Aviva Premiership Rugby attendances excluding Saracens in Round 3:
Average Rounds 1-6, 2012 – 11,040
Average Rounds 1-6, 2011 – 10,326