I had no idea. More than 2% of the population attended Scottish Premiership games at the weekend. Only Iceland comes near at 1.5% of the population. The big leagues in Spain, Germany and England look well-attended but that’s just the games we see on TV. As for the Italian league, the stadia often look less than half-full.
I know, you’ll say there are huge differences between the attendance at Celtic and say Saint Johnstone but there are similar gaps in other countries too with a handful of big clubs and lots of wee strugglers.
There were 110 000 supporters at the weekend, 25 000 more than last season. The return of Hibs to the top flight will, of course, have been a factor. It’s not just this season either. Attendances for last season were up 12% on the previous to a record £4.2 million.
This continues the trend of last season when total fans attending SPFL league games including play-offs rose by 12% to more than 4.2million. There will also be more TV income this year after the SPFL deal with Chinese internet broadcaster Tencent Sports.