Indian Super League achieved a rare milestone in its inaugural edition, having registered the highest average stadium attendance for any League in the continent. ISL ended with an average attendance of 26,505 positioning it as the best attended league in Asia, ahead of Japan’s J League, K League of South Korea and CSL of China.
With such an attendance across all the stadiums, ISL has scored its name amongst the best football Leagues. Indian Super League ranks at the 4th position in terms of average attendance around the globe only behind major leagues like English Premier League, Bundesliga, and La Liga, and stands ahead of the likes of Seria A of Italy, French Ligue 1 and MLS of USA.
Let’s look at the Top 5 stadium of Indian Super League
1) Kerala Blasters – Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (Kochi)
Total attendance – 392,886
Highest attendance – 61,323
Lowest attendance – 34,657
Average attendance – 49,111
Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium situated in Kochi hosts Kerala Blasters and has the highest seating capacity of 70000, the stadium was jam packed with over 61,323 fans attending the Kerala Blasters FC vs Chennaiyin FC.
2) Atlético de Kolkata – Salt Lake Stadium
Total attendance – 316,195
Highest attendance – 65,000
Lowest attendance – 21,550
Average attendance – 45,171
Salt Lake Stadium is the home ground for Indian Super League 2014 champions Atletico de Kolkata, the 68000 sitting capacity stadium had the highest attendance on the inaugural day of the League. A total of 65000 fans attended the first game of the league when Atletico de Kolkata hosted Mumbai City FC at Salt Lake.
3) NorthEast United – Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium
Total attendance – 200,296
Highest attendance – 30,870
Lowest attendance – 25,530
Average attendance – 28,614
Indira Gandhi Stadium situated in Guwahati is the home ground of NorthEast United, the stadium has a capacity to hold 35000 fans. The stadium registered its highest attendance on 19th October when the Highlanders hosted FC Goa, a total of 30,870 attended the game.
4) Mumbai City – DY Patil Stadium
Total attendance – 158,142
Highest attendance – 28,000
Lowest attendance – 18,197
Average attendance – 22,592
D Y Patil stadium has a 55,000 sitting capacity, located in Mumbai it is the home ground of Mumbai City FC and on 18th October hosted the highest attendance when 28,000 witnessed Mumbai City FC win by 5 goals against Pune City. The stadium also hosted the final of Indian Super League between Kerala Blasters and Atletico de Kolkata.
5) Chennaiyin – Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (Chennai)
Total attendance – 176,757
Highest attendance – 25,317
Lowest attendance – 16,567
Average attendance – 22,095
Chennaiyin FC’s home ground Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium has a capacity of 40,000 and had the highest attendance of 25,317 on 5th December, when Chennaiyin hosted FC Goa.
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