Inter with highest home attendance in Serie A 2012 - 2013 up to Week 23, February 2013
By Anna Italia
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Good news for Inter having the highest home attendance in Italian Serie A for the 2012 - 2013 Season up to Week 23. The statistics are revealed in the Osservatorio Calcio Italiano's Report n.2/2013, based on Stadio postcards' online database. Here is the report data. The average attendance for all 20 top-flight clubs is 23,523, up by 1.3% on last year's 23,214. Here is the thing. It is the first time in five years that Serie A crowd figures have stopped falling. There was a 0.8% decrease from 2008/09 to 2009/10, a 2.6% drop between 2009/10 and 2010/11 and a further 6.7% decline from 2010/11 to2011/12. Despite this season's upturn, the overall figures show that attendances have plummeted by 8.7% when comparing 2008/09 figures with numbers from the current campaign.
It's also great news for the City of Milan because the two football teams AC Milan and Inter continue to lead for average home attendances: AC Milan recorded the highest average attendance last season (49,020), ahead of Inter (44,806) and Napoli (39,808). This season, so far, quite a switch with Inter being the leader with (44,201) followed by AC Milan (40,876) and AS Roma (39,506). AS Roma increasing home attendance by 9% on last season (36,219 in 2011/12; 39,506 this season). However, Fiorentina's home crowds have swelled the most of all Serie A clubs: average attendance is 12.7% higher than last season.We have a different scenario in the South of Italy. Record attendance dropping. Palermo with a -10% at the Renzo Barbera Stadium, Catania with a -11.9% at Stadio Massimino. So, up to Palermo to start doing better and see improvement considering they are ranking up to Week 23 in the 20th position.
Others experiencing low attendance include Udinese with a -10.4%, Genoa with a -9.7%, and AC Siena with a-7.1%. Keeping a status quo with almost unchanged records are Atalanta, Bologna, Parma and SSC Napoli. I expect to see higher home attendance for Napoli considering the top performance towards the race for the Scudetto being up to Week 23 the true contender for Juventus leading the Table with 52 points compared to Napoli with 49. Plus Napoli fans crazy supporting the squad in part for the super charisma and talent of forward Edison Cavani.
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