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We realized during the last two rounds of the 2019-20 regular season, more than ever, just how important the fans are and how they are “part of the game” in every way. Let us not beat round the bush, ice hockey is not the same ice hockey without fans.

That said, let’s talk about attendances of the 2019-20 regular season. Let’s start by saying that there has been an overall decrease of 47’380 compared to the previous season. That, however, it’s only because the last two rounds of the regular season were played behind closed doors.

Let’s start by having a look at the overall figures of the last 10 National League seasons. Always bearing in mind, however, that the number of fans who attend the games is not “real” as the clubs tend to count the number of seasonal tickets holders plus sold tickets to count attendances.

NATIONAL LEAGUE – Last 10 seasons trend

As you can see, attendances are constantly increasing. This season, despite the last two rounds played behind closed doors, was the fifth with the highest number of spectators of the last ten seasons. And it’s likely that, without the virus emergency (and psychosis…), we’d be talking about one of the seasons with the highest number of spectators overall.

Now, let’s have a look at the teams’ averages concerning the 2019-20 season.

NATIONAL LEAGUE – 2019-20 average attendance

Bern is the master as usual when it comes to number of fans who attend the games. And, always as usual, the ZSC Lions follow second placed. Third places instead, we find Lausanne with the new Vaudoise Arena.

The teams with the lowest attendances, instead, are Ambrì-Piotta, Davos and Rapperswil. Davos and Rapperswil, moreover, are the only two that, regardless of the virus emergency, had an average attendance lower than 5’000 per game.

NATIONAL LEAGUE – Differences 2018-19 / 2019-20

Six teams increased the attendances compared to last season. We’re talking about Lausanne, Davos, Rapperswil, Fribourg Gottéron, Langnau and Genève Servette. Noteworthy the data of the Lions Vaudois (due to the new arena), Ibexes, Lakers and Dragons.

Among the teams that lost few supporters per game, we find Bern, Bienne, Zug, Zug, Ambrì-Piotta, ZSC Lions and Lugano.

The data of Zug (surprisingly), Ambrì-Piotta (surprisingly), ZSC Lions (surpsisingly) and Lugano are quite negative. In fact, the Bianconeri are the ones who had the biggest negative difference.

NATIONAL LEAGUE – Capacity filled in percentage 2019-20

Langnau, Bern, Fribourg Gottéron and Zug are the four teams that had their arena over 90% full this season.

Instead, Lugano, Ambrì-Piotta, Rapperswil and Davos are the four teams that on average had their arenas less than 80% full.

Let’s have a look now at the difference compared to last season. Considering the emergency, we took only the first 24 home games into consideration. In other words, we excluded the last regular season games played behind closed doors.

Finally, now, let’s have a look at the attendance details of the teams, with the seasonal trend. Namely, the largest attendance and the lowest one. Obviously, when it comes to the lowest attendance, we didn’t take the last game played behind closed door into consideration.

Teams are listed by average attendance. For your information, and as a fun fact, the teams that recorded the highest number of “sold out” are Fribourg Gottéron and Langau. Both teams played 9 home games with their arena full of fans!


SC Bern

Highest attendance

17’031

02.01.2020 – vs EHC Biel-Bienne

05.01.2020 – vs HC Lugano

Lowest attendance

15’135

13.09.2020 – vs SC Rapperswil-Jona Lakers


ZSC Lions

Highest attendance

11’200

05.01.2020 – vs EV Zug

25.01.2020 – vs HC Davos

Lowest attendance

7’970

01.10.2019 – vs EHC Biel-Bienne


Lausanne HC

Highest attendance

9’600

24.09.2019, 23.11.2019, 20.12.2019 – vs Genève Servette HC

25.01.2020, 18.02.2020 – vs HC Fribourg Gottéron

Lowest attendance

6’456

02.10.2019 – vs SC Rapperswil-Jona Lakers


EV Zug

Highest attendance

7’200

28.09.2019, 23.12.2019 – vs SC Bern

15.11.2019, 20.12.2019 – vs HC Davos

01.11.2019 – vs HC Fribourg Gottéron

03.01.2020 – vs Genève Servette HC

Lowest attendance

5’959

01.10.2019 – vs Genève Servette HC


HC Fribourg Gottéron

Highest attendance

6’500

01.10.2019, 23.11.2019, 18.01.2020 – vs SC Bern

30.11.2019, 11.01.2020 – vs Lausanne HC

02.01.2020 – vs EV Zug

05.01.2020 – vs SCL Tigers

01.02.2020 – vs Genève Servette HC

21.02.2020 – vs HC Lugano

Lowest attendance

5’538

15.10.2019 – vs HC Davos


Genève Servette HC

Highest attendance

7’135

18.01.2020 – vs SC Rapperswil-Jona Lakers

30.01.2020 – vs Lausanne HC

Lowest attendance

4’606

17.09.2019 – vs ZSC Lions


EHC Biel-Bienne

Highest attendance

6’521

25.10.2019, 15.02.2020 – vs SC Bern

Lowest attendance

4’977

17.09.2020 – vs SC Rapperswil-Jona Lakers


HC Lugano

Highest attendance

7’200

29.10.2019 – vs HC Ambrì-Piotta

Lowest attendance

5’396

24.09.2019 – vs SC Bern


SCL Tigers

Highest attendance

6’000

15.11.2019, 20.12.2019 – vs SC Bern

02.11.2019 – vs SC Rapperswil-Jona Lakers

23.11.2019 – vs EV Zug

30.11.2019 – vs HC Ambrì-Piotta

03.01.2020 – vs HC Davos

31.01.2020 – vs EHC Biel-Bienne

15.02.2020 – vs ZSC Lions

22.02.2020 – vs HC Fribourg Gottéron

Lowest attendance

5’335

17.09.2019 – vs HC Fribourg Gottéron


HC Ambrì-Piotta

Highest attendance

6’500

23.11.2019 – vs HC Lugano

23.12.2019 – vs HC Davos

Lowest attendance

4’239

24.09.2019 – vs SCL Tigers


HC Davos

Highest attendance

5’663

26.01.2020 – vs SC Bern

Lowest attendance

3’307

03.12.2019 – vs SCL Tigers


SC Rapperswil-Jona Lakers

Highest attendance

6’021

01.11.2019 – vs HC Davos

Lowest attendance

3’341

22.10.2019 – vs EHC Biel-Bienne


 

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