Premier League Week 5 Shows Stadiums More Full With Less Fans

Week 5 of the Barclay’s Premier League had some pretty surprising and entertaining outcomes from Manchester United conceding a total of 5 goals to Ted Lasso’s, Nigel Pearson’s Leicester City, to Chelsea legend Frank Lampard dealing a tough blow to his former club by scoring the goal that tied Manchester City 1-1 with Chelsea at the Etihad.  

Week 5 had an average attendance  of 33,172, a 17% decrease from Week 4’s 38,810. Despite Week 5’s significantly lower average attendance from Week 4, average attendance for the season only dropped 1.46% which is the smallest week to week change so far for the season average as a whole.  
In the face of the average attendance drop, the stadiums were actually more full than in Week 4. At 95.85% full, Week 5 showed a 2.34% increase from Week 4. This metric for Week 5 takes some of the sting out of the average weekly attendance gap between Week 4 since it shows that much of the drop can be attributed to Week 5 simply featuring smaller home stadiums than week 4.

In fact, Week 5 had an average home team capacity of 34,544 while week 4 had 40,953. Interestingly enough, Week 5 had the exact same home teams as Week 3 and outperformed Week 3’s attendance numbers.  

There were once again no sell outs in the Premier League even at Manchester City’s home clash against Chelsea.  West Ham’ Boleyn Ground, Swansea City’s Liberty Stadium and Tottenham’s White Hart Lane were the most full venues while QPR’s Loftus Road, Burnley’s Turf Moor and Newcastle United’s St James’ Park were the least full across Saturday and Sunday’s games.

Comparing Week 3 to Week 5 with their identical home team scheduling, 6 teams drew smaller crowds in in Week 5 than they did in Week 3 with the most notable and surprising being Manchester City.  The Etihad Stadium was more full for when Stoke came into town than Chelsea. Only Aston Villa, Swansea, West Ham and Leicester drew larger crowds than in Week 3 with Aston Villa showing a 27%, 11,677 increase in attendance.

Here’s each individual team’s numbers for the season so far:


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