Euro 2012: Poland and Ukraine going for attendance record!

source:; author: michał

Euro 2012: Poland and Ukraine going for attendance record! Only in the first round of the group phase 356,000 people came to 8 stadia of the tournament. That means so far attendance is highest since the introduction of individual seats and 16-team format.


First weekend of Euro 2012 has passed. Each venue hosted one game and the number of spectators was close to sell-outs in many cases. All games played in Poland saw full stadiums with those in Ukraine only slightly less attended, though tickets for most games in the second country are still available.

According to most reliable information we could find a total number of 356,101 people have already visited the 8 stadia, giving an average of 44,513 per game. Largest crowd saw Ukraine beat Sweden last night in Kyiv (64,290), while the least attended game was played in Lviv, Germany vs. Portugal (32,990).

Though it’s just first of three rounds during the group phase, numbers are optimistic and may grow as knock-out stage will be played only in the largest venues. Meanwhile already Poland and Ukraine are above record-holders England, who had regular crowds of 41,166 back in 1996 (first Euro played in all-seated stadiums and with 16 participants). We’ll keep you updated on Polish and Ukrainian crowds to check if both countries keep it up.

For better overview we attach the list of all Euro tournaments so far with crowds per game.

16-team tournaments
yearhostper game
2012  Poland and Ukraine 44,513
2008  Austria and Switzerland 36,803
2004  Portugal 37,563
2000  Belgium and Netherlands 35,856
1996  England 41,166
8-team tournaments
 yearhost per game
 1992  Sweden 28,674
 1988  West Germany  59,243
 1984  France  39,843
 1980  Italy 24,676
4-team tournaments
year hostper game
 1976  Jugoslavia 26,552
 1972  Belgium  30,560
 1968  Italy 59,846
 1964  Spain 39,063
 1960  France 19,740