“And Manchester United does it again”, a phrase repeated by Premier League commentators the world over after seeing the Red Devils come back and pull away a last gasp 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Old Trafford in stoppage time in front of the second most full crowd in Week 9.
For as many people saying that United did it again, there was a London team who in fact also did something note-worthy again. QPR, taking on Aston Villa, sold out Loftus Road for the second week in a row giving the Premier League just its second sellout game.Weekly average attendance was up compared to last week while the season average dropped slightly by 0.35%. Week 9, for the week showed an average attendance of 34,842, a 2.23% increase from Week 8’s 34,083. Attendance, for the most part, kept pace with the change in overall capacity for the week which increased by 2.75% going from 35,079 in Week 8 to 36,043 in Week 9.With attendance keeping pace with capacity change on the week, Week 9’s stadiums found themselves filled to almost the same capacity as Week 8 with a slight 0.17% difference between the two. On the week stadiums may have shown an ever so slight decrease, but the season average in fact increased by a similarly slight margin of 0.11% from 95.11% to 95.25%. A week on from the first sellout of the Premier League 2014/15 season and Queens Park Rangers does it again. When Aston Villa made the trip to London, like when Liverpool visited, there was not an empty seat in Loftus Road and they continue as the only club in the Premier League this season to record a sellout. With this sellout, QPR also ensures that when another team does sellout their venue, Loftus Road will remain on top as having the most on the season. How long that will last remains to be seen but they wont be extending it this coming week because they will be traveling to Stamford Bridge for a London Derby with Chelsea.
Last Week, in celebration of QPR’s and the league’s first sellout we focused exclusively on QPR’s home attendance record for the season, game by game. This week we go back to looking at each team’s attendance performance for the season as of Week 9.