Switzerland's Bern tops Euro attendance again

Bern tops Euro attendance again

07.03.2007
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ZÜRICH (IIHF): SC Bern of the Swiss Nationalliga A is again the undisputed leader in European league attendance, for the sixth consecutive year. The club that plays out of the 16.789 BernArena averaged 15.815 fans during the 44-game 2006-2007 regular season. This is a slight decrease from the 2005-2006-season when the club set an all-time European record with an average of 15.994. The 15.000-barrier has been surpassed only three times in European hockey, on all occasions by SC Bern.

German DEL-leagues Kölner Haie is the perennial number two, finishing in that position for the sixth consecutive year, this time with an average of 12.711 fans in the 18.502 KölnArena. Another German club, Adler Mannheim, set a new club record with 12.688 fans in the brand new 13.600 SAP Arena. The DEL plays a 52-game season. KölnArena and SAP Arena are the venues for the 2010 IIHF World Championship in Germany.

Sweden's Frölunda Indians (Gothenburg) and Germany's Hamburg Freezers are the only other European club who draw plus-10.000 crowds to their home games.

Best attendance figures in European hockey leagues 2006-2007
(Numbers in brackets indicate position from 2005-06. Last column indicates capacity percentage)
<table border="1" width="461" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr align="center"><td width="54">

Rank

</td><td width="133" align="center">

Club

</td><td width="113" align="center">

Country/League

</td><td width="66">

Average

</td><td width="81">

% Capacity

</td></tr><tr><td width="54">

1 (1)

</td><td width="133" align="center">

SC Bern

</td><td width="113" align="center">

Switzerland

</td><td width="66">

15'815

</td><td width="81">

% 94.2

</td></tr><tr><td width="54">

2 (2)

</td><td width="133" align="center">

Kölner Haie

</td><td width="113" align="center">

Germany

</td><td width="66">

12'711

</td><td width="81">

% 68.7

</td></tr><tr><td width="54">

3 (4)

</td><td width="133" align="center">

Adler Mannheim

</td><td width="113" align="center">

Germany

</td><td width="66">

12'688

</td><td width="81">

% 93.3

</td></tr><tr><td width="54">

4 (3)

</td><td width="133" align="center">

Frölunda Göteborg

</td><td width="113" align="center">

Sweden

</td><td width="66">

11'469

</td><td width="81">

% 95.2

</td></tr><tr><td width="54">

5 (5)

</td><td width="133" align="center">

Hamburg Freezers

</td><td width="113" align="center">

Germany

</td><td width="66">

10'293

</td><td width="81">

% 80.4

</td></tr><tr><td width="54">

6 (7)

</td><td width="133" align="center">

Jokerit, Helsinki

</td><td width="113" align="center">

Finland

</td><td width="66">

8'928

</td><td width="81">

% 65.3

</td></tr><tr><td width="54">

7 (9)

</td><td width="133" align="center">

HC Moeller-Pardubice

</td><td width="113" align="center">

Czech Republic

</td><td width="66">

8'596

</td><td width="81">

% 92.9

</td></tr><tr><td width="54">

8 (6)

</td><td width="133" align="center">

Lokomotiv Yaroslavl

</td><td width="113" align="center">

Russia

</td><td width="66">

8'391

</td><td width="81">

% 96.3

</td></tr><tr><td width="54">

9 (16)

</td><td width="133" align="center">

DEG Metro Stars

</td><td width="113" align="center">

Germany

</td><td width="66">

7'727

</td><td width="81">

% 57.7

</td></tr><tr><td width="54">

10 (10)

</td><td width="133" align="center">

Färjestads BK

</td><td width="113" align="center">

Sweden

</td><td width="66">

7'529

</td><td width="81">

% 91.3

</td></tr><tr><td width="54">

11 (14)

</td><td width="133" align="center">

Sibir Novosibirsk

</td><td width="113" align="center">

Russia

</td><td width="66">

7'455

</td><td width="81">

% 99.4

</td></tr><tr><td width="54">

12 (11)

</td><td width="133" align="center">

Linköpings HC

</td><td width="113" align="center">

Sweden

</td><td width="66">

7'266

</td><td width="81">

% 85.5

</td></tr><tr><td width="54">

13 (x)

</td><td width="133" align="center">

Amur Khabarovsk

</td><td width="113" align="center">

Russia

</td><td width="66">

7'100

</td><td width="81">

% 100.0

</td></tr><tr><td width="54">

14 (12)

</td><td width="133" align="center">

HV71 Jönköping

</td><td width="113" align="center">

Sweden

</td><td width="66">

6'970

</td><td width="81">

% 99.0

</td></tr><tr><td width="54">

15 (13)

</td><td width="133" align="center">

Djurgardens IF

</td><td width="113" align="center">

Sweden

</td><td width="66">

6'865

</td><td width="81">

% 48.8

</td></tr><tr><td width="54">

16 (x)

</td><td width="133" align="center">

MoDo, Örnsköldsvik

</td><td width="113" align="center">

Sweden

</td><td width="66">

6'759

</td><td width="81">

--

</td></tr><tr><td width="54">

17 (x)

</td><td width="133" align="center">

Brynäs IF, Gävle

</td><td width="113" align="center">

Sweden

</td><td width="66">

6'664

</td><td width="81">

--

</td></tr><tr><td width="54">

18 (15)

</td><td width="133" align="center">

HIFK Helsinki

</td><td width="113" align="center">

Finland

</td><td width="66">

6'629

</td><td width="81">

--

</td></tr><tr><td width="54">

19 (8)

</td><td width="133" align="center">

ZSC Lions, Zurich

</td><td width="113" align="center">

Switzerland

</td><td width="66">

6'591

</td><td width="81">

--

</td></tr><tr><td width="54">

20 (18)

</td><td width="133" align="center">

TPS Turku

</td><td width="113" align="center">

Finland

</td><td width="66">

6'441

</td><td width="81">

--

</td></tr><tr><td width="54">

21 (x)

</td><td width="133" align="center">

Sparta Prague

</td><td width="113" align="center">

Czech Republic

</td><td width="66">

6'207

</td><td width="81">

--

</td></tr><tr><td width="54">

22 (20)

</td><td width="133" align="center">

Hannover Scorpions

</td><td width="113" align="center">

Germany

</td><td width="66">

6'186

</td><td width="81">

--

</td></tr><tr><td width="54">

23 (x)

</td><td width="133" align="center">

HC Kosice

</td><td width="113" align="center">

Slovakia

</td><td width="66">

6'163

</td><td width="81">

--

</td></tr><tr><td width="54">

24 (19)

</td><td width="133">

Frankfurt Lions

</td><td width="113">

Germany

</td><td width="66">

6'060

</td><td width="81">

--

</td></tr><tr><td width="54">

25 (x)

</td><td width="133">

Khimik Moscow R

</td><td width="113">

Russia

</td><td width="66">

5'797

</td><td width="81">

--

</td></tr></tbody></table>


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