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Fan Attendance in Sport

By: Alex Roberts
Fans in sport stadiums

How many sports leagues let fans attend last week?

As part of our sport rule updates service, we track fan attendance in stadiums across a number of sports. Research has suggested absent crowds may influence player and referee performance, so this information may be useful to sports betting traders and odds compilers.

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Fan attendance in sport – week #003 overview

💡 New research by NFL Football Operations examines how betting markets have changed their perception of home advantage in 2020?

The report found that home field advantage had been slowly decreasing each season since 2006. However, 2020 has seen the biggest season-to-season drop over that time, dropping more than a full point from 2019. And the 1.30 point spread on average means home-field advantage is now worth less than half of what it was in 2006 (3.30 points).

Should you be considering alterations to your betting markets models where fans are not in attendance in light of this analysis?

4th- 10th January
  • 14 competitions started letting fans into stadiums (table below)
  • 22 stopped letting fans in (table below)
  • 4 leagues had matches with full attendance
      • New this week: Turkish Süper Lig – played 13 matches in the period. 11% of games played had full/large levels of fan attendance
      • New this week: J League Cup – Final – was played with a full/large fan attendance
      • New this week: Premier League Basketball (Belarus) – played 50% of its matches with a large/full fan attendance, the remainder had a medium number of fans
      • Japan B1 Basketball League – played 28 matches in the period. 50% had full attendance, up from 7% the previous week, the remaining 50% had a medium level of fans in attendance
      • Notable changes from last week
        • The Primera Division in El Salvador still had fans inside stadiums, but all matches were played with a small number of fans. Two matches the prior week had a large number of fans in attendance.
  • 45 competitions played with some level of fans
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  • 179 competitions currently have no fans
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Which competitions started letting fans in?

4th- 10th January
RegionCountrySportCompetition% of games without fans% of games with small attendance% of games with medium attendance% of games with full attendance
EuropeSpainBasketballLiga ACB71%29%0%0%
EuropeTurkeyFootballSüper Lig90%5%0%5%
EuropeNetherlandsFootballEerste Divisie92%8%0%0%
EuropeSpainBasketballLiga Femenina 2 - Group B25%50%25%0%
EuropeLithuaniaBasketballLietuvos Krepsinio Lyga67%33%0%0%
EuropeSpain
FootballTercera Division - Group 933%67%0%0%
EuropeSpainFootballTercera Division - Group 1033%67%0%0%
EuropeSpainFootballDivision de Honor U19 - Group 350%50%0%0%
EuropeSlovakiaBasketballSBL75%25%0%0%
South AmericaArgentinaFootballCopa Diego Armando Maradona93%7%0%0%
EuropeItalyVolleyballSuperLega (men)67%33%0%0%
AsiaJapanBasketballWJBL (women) 0%0%100%0%
EuropeRussiaBasketballSuper League Division 125%62.5%12.5%0%
EuropeRussiaBasketballSuper League 1 (women)40%60%0%0%

Which competitions stopped letting fans in?

4th- 10th January
RegionCountrySportCompetition28-03 Jan04-10 Jan
AfricaTunisiaFootballLigue Professionnelle 1YesNo
EuropeUkraineBasketballFBU Super League (women)YesNo
EuropePortugalFootballLiga Revelacao U23YesNo
South AmericaChileFootballPrimera DivisionYesNo
South AmericaBrazilFootballCBF Brasileiro U20 - PlayoffsYesNo
AfricaEgyptFootballPremier LeagueYesNo
EuropeUkraineBasketballHigher LeagueYesNo
EuropeLithuaniaBasketballLithuanian Federation CupYesNo
EuropeEnglandFootballNational LeagueYesNo
WorldAfricaFootballCAF - Champions League QualifiersYesNo
EuropeEnglandFootballNational League NorthYesNo
EuropeCzech RepublicIce hockeyExtraligaYesNo
EuropeAustriaIce hockeyAustrian Hockey LeagueYesNo
EuropeTurkeyFootball1. LigYesNo
EuropeDenmarkBasketballBasketligaenYesNo
EuropeSwedenIce hockeyAllsvenskanYesNo
EuropeSwedenBasketballBasketliganYesNo
EuropeNorwayIce hockeyEliteserienYesNo
WorldWorldFootballArab Club Champions Cup - FinalYesNo
AsiaIndiaFootballI-LeagueYesNo
EuropeEnglandFootballWomen's ChampionshipYesNo
EuropeBelgiumVolleyballBelgium's Cup (women)YesNo

Fan attendance in sport – week #002 overview

28th – 3rd January
  • 11 competitions started letting fans into stadiums (table below)
  • 12 stopped letting fans in (table below)
    • Notably the Turkish Süper Lig which had recently allowed fans back in. The 1.Lig in Turkey had 9% of matches with small attendance.
  • 3 leagues had matches with full attendance
      • New this week: The Chinese Taipei P League (basketball) played 5 matches during the period with with full attendance or a large number of fans.
      • New this week: Primera Division in El Salvador played 6 matches during the period, with two having a large number of fans in attendance, two were played with a medium amount of fans and two with small number in attendance.
      • Japan B1 Basketball League – played 18 matches in the period. In contrast to the previous week, only 7% had full attendance (versus 42%), and 93% had medium attendance of fans.
  • 67 competitions played with some level of fans
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  • 134 competitions currently have no fans
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Which competitions started letting fans in?

28th – 3rd January
RegionCountrySportCompetition% of games without fans% of games with small attendance% of games with medium attendance% of games with full attendance
AfricaTunisiaFootballLigue Professionnelle 183%17%0%0%
EuropeBelgiumFootballFirst Division A50%50%0%0%
South AmericaChileFootballPrimera Division90%10%0%0%
South AmericaBrazilFootballCBF Brasileiro U20 - Playoffs83%17%0%0%
AfricaEgyptFootballPremier League83%17%0%0%
EuropeRussiaBasketballPremier League (women)0%100%0%0%
EuropeSpainFootballSegunda B - Group 267%33%0%0%
EuropeAustriaIce hockeyAustrian Hockey League91%9%0%0%
EuropeItalyBasketballSerie A283%17%0%0%
Middle EastIsraelBasketballLigayt ha'Al75%25%0%0%
EuropeCyprusFootballWomen's First Division0%100%0%0%

Which competitions stopped letting fans in?

28th – 3rd January
RegionCountrySportCompetition21-27 December28-03 Jan
EuropeItalyBasketballLega Basket AYesNo
EuropeTurkeyFootballSüper LigYesNo
South AmericaArgentinaFootballTorneo Federal AYesNo
EuropeSpainFootballDivision de Honor U19 - Group 6YesNo
EuropeEnglandFootballNational League SouthYesNo
EuropeSpainFootballTercera Division - Group 9YesNo
EuropeItalyVolleyballSerie A2 (women)YesNo
Middle EastSaudi ArabiaFootballSaudi Professional LeagueYesNo
South AmericaArgentinaFootballPrimera NacionalYesNo
EuropeSlovakia
BasketballSBLYesNo
EuropeItalyVolleyballSerie A1 (women)YesNo
South AmericaEcuadorFootballSerie A - Championship FinalYesNo

Fan attendance in sport – week #001 overview

21st – 27th December
  • 14 competitions started letting fans back into stadiums (table below)
  • 27 stopped letting fans in (table below)
  • Two competitions played in the period had games with full fan attendance
    • Belarus Basketball Cup – 50% of the games played
    • Japan B1 Basketball League – 42% had full attendance
  • 93 competitions have some level of fans in stadiums
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  • 171 competitions currently have no fans

Which competitions started letting fans in?

21st – 27th December

RegionCountrySportCompetition
EuropeItalyBasketballLega Basket A
South AmericaBrazilSoccerSerie A
EuropeTurkeySoccerSüper Lig
EuropeSwitzerlandSoccerChallenge League
EuropeItalySoccerSerie C - Girone C
EuropeItalyVolleyballSerie A2 (women)
EuropeRussiaHandballSuperleague (men)
EuropeRussiaHandballYouth League U20 (women)
EuropeSpainSoccerPrimera Division (women)
EuropeTurkeySoccer1. Lig
South AmericaArgentinaSoccerTorneo FederaI A
EuropeItalyVolleyballSerie A1 (women)
South AmericaBrazilVolleyballSuperliga (women)
AfricaAlgeriaSoccerLigue 1 - U21

Which competitions stopped letting fans in?

21st – 27th December
RegionCountrySportCompetition14-20th December21-27 December
EuropeBelgiumSoccerFirst Division AYesNo
South AmericaParaguaySoccerDivision ProfesionalYesNo
EuropeEuropeBasketballEuroleagueYesNo
EuropeEuropeBasketballEurocupYesNo
South AmericaBrazilVolleyballSuperliga (women)YesNo
EuropeFranceSoccerLigue 2YesNo
South AmericaChileSoccerPrimera DivisionYesNo
EuropeDenmarkSoccerSuperligaenYesNo
EuropeNetherlandsSoccerEredivisieYesNo
EuropeHungarySoccerNB IYesNo
EuropeRomaniaSoccerLiga IYesNo
EuropeUKBasketballBBL ChampionshipYesNo
AsiaThailandSoccerThai League T1YesNo
EuropeEnglandSoccerFA TrophyYesNo
AsiaBahrainSoccerPremier LeagueYesNo
EuropeCyprusSoccerWomen's First DivisionYesNo
EuropeRussiaBasketballPremier League (Women)YesNo
EuropeSpainSoccerSegunda B - Group 2YesNo
EuropeSpainSoccerDivision de Honor U19 - Group 2YesNo
South AmericaBrazilBasketballNBBYesNo
AsiaKoreaVolleyballV-League (Men & Women)YesNo
EuropePolandVolleyballPolska Liga (Men)YesNo
EuropeItalyVolleyballSuperLega (Men)YesNo
EuropeSpainVolleyballLiga EBA - Group AYesNo
South AmericaBrazilSoccerPaulista U20 - PlayoffsYesNo
EuropeSpainBasketballLiga EBA - Group EYesNo

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Currently we’re reporting fan attendance at a wide range of global soccer, basketball, ice hockey, handball and volleyball games.

Disclaimer
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