Week 7 of the Barclay’s Premier League featured two London derbies, one more than last week, with QPR v West Ham and Chelsea v Arsenal as well as saw Everton take on a different team of ‘Reds’ as they traveled to Old Trafford following last week’s 1-1 draw in the Merseyside derby. While there were no real blowout scorelines to speak of this week, there did appear to be shots fired between Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho on the Stamford Bridge touchline in full view of the second most full stadium of the week attendance-wise.Week 7 showed a 1.78% drop in average attendance from week 6 from 39,096 to 38,411. Despite this, average attendance for the season showed positive growth for the third straight week moving to 36,257, 1% up from 35,898. Stadiums continued to hover around the mid nineties range as Week 7 matches were on average 95.15% full with the average capacity being 40,027.Familiar faces make up the most full stadiums this week with Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge remaining in the top two spots with Manchester United’s home ground making ‘Top 3’ for the fourth time and Chelsea’s West-London ground featuring for the third time. The Premier League’s lone Welsh representative, Swansea City, make their third appearance as well on the most full stadium trio all of whom this week were once again 99%+ full.
On the other end of the spectrum, while none have featured in the least full list as frequently as Old Trafford has in the most full, no team in the bottom three for Week 7 is making their first appearance. Hull City’s KC Stadium and Sunderland’s Stadium of Light both make their second appearance though neither team’s numbers are necessarily terrible, especially not Hull City.
Aston Villa though, is making their third appearance and Villa Park now accounts for the three least full stadiums in the Premier League so far. Beyond having empty seats look bad on television and the psychological effect on players, this can hit the club’s bottom line as matchday revenue is naturally directly proportional to the number of people who attend games. Though they still maintain a higher average attendance than almost half the league, they’re still not maximizing that revenue stream.
Here’s a list of how each club is doing individually: