Euro 2012: Over 1,000,000 people – record broken, new one to come

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Euro 2012: Over 1,000,000 people – record broken, new one to come 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.

yearhost countrytotal attendance

 Poland and Ukraine

(group phase alone)

2008  Austria and Switzerland 1,140,902
2004  Portugal 1,156,473
2000  Belgium i Holland 1,122,833
1996  England 1,236,137
1992  Sweden 430,111
1988  West Germany 888,645
1984  France 597,639
1980  Italy 345,456
1976  Yugoslavia 106,087
1972  Belgium 121,880
1968  Italy 299,233
1964  Spain 156,253
1960  France 78,958