Record-Breaking Year For Albion Attendances In Top Flight

Credit: James Boyes

Brighton and Hove Albion's first season in the Premier League saw them record their highest ever average home crowd figures.

Over half a million spectators flocked to see the Seagulls at home in their first season in the top flight for 35 years.

More than 30,000 people watched Chris Hughton's side in Premier League action on 16 occasions last season, with the final 10 matches on home soil during the campaign all surpassing that figure.

The Amex was the sixth-most visited venue for away supporters, with an average of 2,454 supporters across their 19 games at home. On the road, Albion took an average of 2,526 fans to away games - the seventh-best travelling support in the Premier League and higher than the likes of Arsenal (2,522), Everton (2,519), West Ham (2,420) and Southampton (1,944).

It was also a record-breaking season for the Premier League as a whole. The season saw a new record for overall attendance, with the total available stadium capacity figure at 801,913, compared to 742,402 in the 2016/17 season.

The total attendance across all 20 top-flight stadiums was 14,629,066, compared to 13,618,596 during the previous campaign. The average attendance also grew from 35,838 to 38,495. The figures also show an increase in away attendances across the top flight.

On revealing the attendance figures, Chief Executive Paul Barber said: “These statistics are a fantastic testament to both our supporters and the Premier League as a whole.

“We saw record-breaking crowds at the Amex last season, and that’s down to the loyalty of our supporters and the team competing in the best league in the world.

“The numbers show the superb progress we’ve made as a club and we look forward to welcoming fans back to the Amex Stadium next season for another year in the Premier League.”

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