The Premier League was back from the international break in Week 4 which featured a couple high profile matchups with Arsenal facing Manchester City at home at the Emirates Stadium as well as two undefeated teams with Chelsea taking on Swansea at Stamford Bridge. Average attendance across the league for Week 4 was 38,810. This is a 16.39% increase from Week 3’s 32,451 and brought the average attendance for the season up 2.9% to 35,780.
With the dramatic increase in weekly attendance comes the expected increase in the average home team capacity this week which increased 18.52% from 34,544 to 40,953 . This helped contribute to the week’s attendance as a proportion of capacity decreasing despite the overall average increase. Stadiums were on average 93.66% full around the league for Week 4, down 1.34% from Week 3.
Still the Premier League searches for its first sellout of the season with another week gone by without one. Once again though, this doesn’t mean that clubs weren’t incredibly close.
Manchester United’s Old Trafford and Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium were joined by Stoke City and the Britannia Stadium as the top three for attendance this week with each one at least 99% full. Meanwhile, Hull City and the KC Stadium tied with Sunderland and the Stadium of light for worst attendance for the week with each stadium only 83.76% full. West Bromwhich Albion filled out the third spot of the three least full stadiums at 89.11%
Week 5 looks set to be another interesting week with Manchester City taking on Chelsea in City’s third home game of the season while Aston Villa look to continue their run of form against Arsenal as they make the trip to Villa Park.