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Sheffield Wednesday Top Of Empty Seats League


Sheffield Wednesday are top of the Championship empty seats league with Hillsborough the most under-occupied stadium. Average attendances at home games is 19,005, leaving the 39,814 capacity stadium only 47.7 per cent full in the four games played there. Top of the Championship stadium filling attendance league are Cardiff City, although this shows that a lot depends on how big your ground is. On average Ninian Park is 93.3 per cent full even though their average gate is just 19,031. Sheffield United are clearly more popular in the steel city with average home gates of 26,210, giving them a healthy 80.3 per cent occupancy at Bramall Lane. Championship newcomers Doncaster Rovers are mid table in the empty seats league with the Keepmoat Stadium 74.7 per cent full on average. Barnsley fill 55.3 per cent of their seats at Oakwell. Southampton are the only club apart from Wednesday to dip below the 50 per cent mark and that is particularly worrying for them as they have substantial annual payments to make on their stadium.

Derby have the top average attendance of 29,131, followed by the Blades and then Norwich, Wolves, Ipswich, Charlton, Nottingham Forest, Birmingham (surprisingly far down), Reading and Cardiff. A nearly full stadium makes for a better atmosphere, but a higher average attendance keeps the bean counters happy.