After 5 straight weeks of growth, Premier League season attendance declines slightly in week 21 by -0.6% to 36,575. Over the last several weeks, the home team average stadium capacity has been lower but in week 21 the average capacity fill rate dropped off slightly, which was the cause for decline. Only 4 teams, or 40% of matches last week, failed to fill their stadiums above the season average of 95.49%. However, only Sunderland (again) failed to fill their stadium above 90% – in fact, they had their 3rd worst home match attendance of the season, only filling the Stadium of Light to 78.3% capacity.
On the flip side though, Swansea City experienced their 2nd sellout of the season against Spurs this past Sunday, filling Liberty Stadium to 100.1% capacity, their highest of the season thus far. The London faithful turned out for Chelsea against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge, filling the stadium to 99.6% capacity and the second highest attendance of the season. In addition to Chelsea and Swansea, the other clubs to exceed the season average capacity fill rate were Liverpool, Norwich City, Manchester City and Arsenal.