Most previous Euro hosts have been working on results like these until semifinals or even final game. Meanwhile yesterday’s last group games brought total number of spectators to over 1 million people. Poland and Ukraine would have to witness a disaster not to set a new Euro record of attendance.
When first round of group games ended, we informed you that average attendance during Euro 2012 is higher than ever since the 16-team format and individual seats were introduced (decreasing capacity). After first 4 days it was 44,513 people per game. Now that the group phase with smallest stadiums has ended, the number changed barely to 44,552, allowing Poland and Ukraine to keep going for a record crowd (previous one: England in 1996 with 41,166).
Meanwhile from now on we will have only one game played at a 40,000-seater with remaining 6 at venues of 50,000 and more. The attendance may rise then, though elimination of both hosts and several countries with large following (Ireland, Netherlands, Russia, Sweden) may have a negative impact on the final outcome.
Still, even if we don’t see sell-out crowds in each game, it’s hard to imagine Poland and Ukraine not passing previous hosts in total number of viewers.
Austria and Switzerland, Portugal and Belgium and Netherlands are in 2-game reach and only England 1996 has figures high enough to be any competition competition in terms of attendance. But we would have to see crowds of less than 24,000 per game for England to retain the largest Euro ever. Below you may find the total numbers of spectators since Euro’s beginning in 1960.
|year||host country||total attendance|
(group phase alone)
|2008||Austria and Switzerland||1,140,902|
|2000||Belgium i Holland||1,122,833|