Saturday, March 17, 2012

Extraliga ranked 6th in attendance in Europe

The IIHF has released attendance figures for the 2011-12 hockey season, and 11 Czech teams finished in the top 100 in Europe.

Once again, Pardubice led the Extraliga in home attendance.
Photo: hcpce.cz.
Leading the way, as usual, was Pardubice, who drew 217 867 fans to 26 home games at ČEZ Arena, for an average of 8380 per game, which ranks 13th on the continent. That's a drop of 542 per game from last season, when their home attendance ranked 9th in Europe. However, last year's total was inflated  by the Open Air Game on January 2, 2011, when 17 140 watched Pardubice play Kometa Brno outdoors at Pardubice-Svítkov Speedway.

Like last year, Brno ranks 2nd in the Czech Republic. Their average of 6960 was 23rd best in Europe.

The biggest increase in the Czech Republic was recorded by Sparta Praha, which was doubtlessly due to the club's rise from 12th in the Extraliga standngs to first this year. In 2010-11, Sparta averaged 5165 fans per home game, which was 45th in Europe. This year, 6273 per game came to Tipsport Arena, third-best in the country and 29th in Europe.

Across town, Slavia Praha went the opposite direction in the standings and, not surprisingly, in attendance as well. Their average dropped from 5012 per game to only 4492 at the cavernous O2 Arena, leading to a return to the smaller Eden Arena for the playout round and fueling speculation of a full-time return to their former home in the future.

Overall, the Extraliga was the sixth-most attended league in Europe, attracting 4824 fans per game, a slight drop from last year's 4936.

The Czech First League averaged 1130 fans per game, which was 18th-best in Europe. Not surprisingly, the two most popular First League teams are the two best: Piráti Chomutov averaged 2273 per game and Slovan Ústečtí Lvi averaged 2099.

Below are the attendance figures released by the IIHF. Additional statistical information is courtesy hokej.cz.

Attendance figures in European hockey leagues 2011-12

Club
League
Average
Cap. %
1.
(1.)
SC Bern
SUI
15,779
92.11%
2.
(3.)
Dynamo Minsk
KHL
14,193
94.08%
3.
(2.)
Eisbären Berlin
GER
14,073
99.11%
4.
(4.)
Kölner Haie
GER
10,494
56.72%
5.
(6.)
Frölunda Gothenburg
SWE
10,482
87.03%
6.
(11.)
SKA St. Petersburg
KHL
10,126
81.01%
7.
(5.)
Adler Mannheim
GER
10,018
73.66%
8.
(20.)
Hamburg Freezers
GER
9,221
72.02%
9.
(10.)
Jokerit Helsinki
FIN
9,173
67.13%
10.
(7.)
Avangard Omsk
KHL
9,143
88.61%
11.
(8.)
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
VHL
8,961
98.80%
12.
(13.)
Medvescak Zagreb
EBEL
8,835
96.50%
13.
(9.)
HC Pardubice
CZE
8,380
82.21%
14.
(26.)
HIFK Helsinki
FIN
8,284
102.02%
15.
(12.)
Salavat Yulayev Ufa
KHL
7,950
100.00%
16.
(15.)
Dinamo Riga
KHL
7,733
75.08%
17.
(16.)
Djurgården Stockholm
SWE
7,723
95.42%
18.
(14.)
ZSC Lions Zurich
SUI
7,625
71.26%
19.
(18.)
Traktor Chelyabinsk
KHL
7,337
97.83%
20.
(22.)
HV71 Jönköping
SWE
7,232
103.31%
21.
(19.)
Amur Khabarovsk
KHL
7,100
22.
(27.)
Met. Magnitogorsk
KHL
7,035
23.
(17.)
Kometa Brno
CZE
6,960
24.
(26.)
Linköpings HC
SWE
6,903
25.
(21.)
Genève-Servette
SUI
6,769
26.
(25.)
Fribourg-Gottéron
SUI
6,636
27.
(23.)
Färjestad Karlstad
SWE
6,589
28.
(32.)
Atlant Mytischi
KHL
6,278
29.
(45.)
Sparta Praha
CZE
6,273
30.
(29.)
EV Zug
SUI
6,265
31.
(35.)
Brynäs Gävle
SWE
6,265
32.
(30.)
MODO Örnsköldsvik
SWE
6,119
33.
(64.)
Malmö Redhawks
SWE-2
6,072
34.
(34.)
Kloten Flyers
SUI
6,041
35.
(28.)
Sibir Novosibirsk
KHL
5,918
36.
(114.)
Slovan Bratislava
SVK
5,907
37.
(37.)
Kärpät Oulu
FIN
5,821
38.
(33.)
HC Košice
SVK
5,678
39.
(31.)
HC Plzeň 1929
CZE
5,584
40.
(40.)
TPS Turku
FIN
5,534
41.
(52.)
Torpedo N. Novgorod
KHL
5,481
42.
(36.)
AIK Stockholm
SWE
5,450
43.
(51.)
Tappara Tampere
FIN
5,358
44.
(41.)
SCL Tigers Langnau
SUI
5,290
45.
(44.)
DEG Metro Stars
GER
5,225
46.
(42.)
Ilves Tampere
FIN
5,208
47.
(43.)
Luleå HF
SWE
5,154
48.
(39.)
Bílí Tygři Liberec
CZE
5,140
49.
(112.)
Växjö Lakers
SWE
5,099
50.
(50.)
Skellefteå AIK
SWE
5,078
51.
(46.)
Neft. Nizhnekamsk
KHL
5,037
52.
(81.)
Vienna Capitals
EBEL
4,906
53.
(54.)
Ak Bars Kazan
RUS
4,876
54.
(47.)
HC Vítkovice Steel
CZE
4,867
55.
(103.)
Met. Novokuznetsk
KHL
4,822
56.
(65.)
Straubing Tigers
GER
4,820
57.
(53.)
Leksands IF
SWE-2
4,820
58.
(66.)
Lausanne HC
SUI-2
4,798
59.
(59.)
Ässät Pori
FIN
4,781
60.
(80.)
Pelicans Lahti
FIN
4,750
61.
(60.)
EHC Biel
SUI
4,749
62.
(62.)
Nottingham Panthers
GBR
4,694
63.
(58.)
PSG Zlín
CZE
4,553
64.
(93.)
Sev. Cherepovets
RUS
4,548
65.
(61.)
HC Davos
SUI
4,544
66.
(49.)
Timrå IK
SWE
4,523
67.
(72.)
Yuzhny Ural Orsk
RUS-2
4,493
68.
(48.)
Slavia Praha
CZE
4,492
69.
(63.)
Krefeld Pinguine
GER
4,486
70.
(69.)
KAC Klagenfurt
EBEL
4,343
71.
(62.)
HC Litvínov
CZE
4,336
72.
(56.)
HC České Budějovice
CZE
4,319
73.
(-.)
HC Lev Poprad
KHL
4,313
74.
(-.)
Kassel Huskies
GER-3
4,293
75.
(91.)
Augsburger Panther
GER
4,267
76.
(77.)
KalPa Kuopio
FIN
4,170
77.
(67.)
Rapperswil-Jona
SUI
4,135
78.
(75.)
HC Lugano
SUI
4,125
79.
(90.)
Iserlohn Roosters
GER
4,124
80.
(57.)
Nürnberg Ice Tigers
GER
4,112
81.
(-.)
Löwen Frankfurt
GER-3
4,056
82.
(95.)
Yermak Angarsk
VHL
4,036
83.
(38.)
UHC Dynamo Moscow
KHL
4,026
84.
(76.)
JYP Jyväskylä
FIN
3,975
85.
(97.)
Khanty-Mansisk
VHL
3,937
86.
(87.)
Belfast Giants
GBR
3,898
87.
(82.)
ERC Ingolstadt
GER
3,854
88.
(78.)
Lukko Rauma
FIN
3,849
89.
(70.)
Hannover Scorpions
GER
3,847
90.
(79.)
EHC München
GER
3,843
91.
(55.)
Barys Astana
KHL
3,756
92.
(84.)
HC Ambrì-Piotta
SUI
3,707
93.
(68.)
Espoo Blues
FIN
3,682
94.
(-.)
Donbass Donetsk
VHL
3,556
95.
(73.)
Yekaterinburg
KHL
3,550
96.
(125.)
Black Wings Linz
EBEL
3,512
97.
(94.)
HPK Hämeenlinna
FIN
3,480
98.
(83.)
Oceláři Třinec
CZE
3,444
99.
(102.)
Fehervar AV19
EBEL
3,437
100.
(88.)
VSV Villach
EBEL
3,422

Regular-Season average attendance Europe & Asia

League
Attendance
1.
Sweden - Elitserien
6,385
2.
Switzerland - National League A
6,305
3.
Germany - Deutsche Eishockey Liga
6,060
4.
Russia - Kontinental Hockey League
5,891
5.
Finland - SM-liiga
5,103
6.
Czech Republic - Extraliga
4,824
7.
Austria - EBEL
3,606
8.
Slovakia - Extraliga
2,687
9.
Great Britain - Elite Ice Hockey League
2,028
10.
Norway - Get Ligaen
1,462
11.
France - Ligue Magnus
1,391
12.
Denmark - AL-Bank Liga
1,301
13.
Belarus - Extraliga
1,111
14.
Asia League (CHN/KOR/JPN)
1,024
15.
Italy - Serie A
987

Regular-Season average attendance 2nd-tier leagues Europe

League
Attendance
1.
Sweden - Allsvenskan
2,606
2.
Germany - 2. Bundesliga
2,303
3.
Russia - VHL
2,252
4.
Switzerland - National League B
2,112
5.
Finland - Mestis
1,172
6.
Czech Republic - 1. liga
1,130

Five largest crowds in Czech Extralga history:

  • OpenAir Hockey, January 2, 2011:
    HC Eaton Pardubice – HC Kometa Brno: 17,140
  • Game 7, 2008 Extraliga Finals:
    HC Slavia Praha – HC Energie Karlovy Vary: 17,123
  • Game 4, 2009 Extraliga Finals:
    HC Slavia Praha – HC Energie Karlovy Vary: 16,730
  • Game 5, 2008 Extraliga Finals:
    HC Slavia Praha – HC Energie Karlovy Vary: 16,617
  • Game 5, 2006 Extraliga Finals:
    HC Slavia Praha – HC Sparta Praha: 16,182 
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