Just as predicted, Euro 2016 broke all records in terms of attendance. Not even the threat of terrorism could stop people from around the world from filling the stadiums beyond 90%.
In June we gave you official capacities of Euro 2016 venues. Not only were the French stadiums larger than any other in decades, the competition’s format saw an increase from 32 matches to 51, which guaranteed a massive increase in total number of ticket sales.
As a result, Euro 2016 was almost certain to break all records from previous tournaments and only a cataclysm could have stopped that from happening. Luckily the threat of terrorist attacks never materialized.
All games were played in front of almost packed stadiums, every time with around 90% occupancy rate. Below you can see how each stadium was filled during its fixtures, holding between 4 (three smallest grounds) to 7 games (Stade de France) each.
With the increased number of games, Stade de France alone attracted well over half a million spectators in total! Due to its sheer size the building also held the tournament’s largest crowd, though you’d be mistaken thinking it was the final match. The France-Iceland quarterfinal topped all other games with 76,833 people in attendance.
Overall Euro 2016 was attended by a stunning number of 2,427,303 people (with under 92% average stadium occupancy!), second only to the World Cups among football competitions. Just to show the scale of increase, Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine was watched live by 1,440,896 people, which at that time was also a record-breaking number.