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Attendances at the Bernabéu dwindle

Over the last decade, attendances have dropped by an average of 8,720, with almost 10,000 empty seats every game.

Triste imagen. Tras el 0-2 de Pardo para la Real Sociedad en el 83’, el Bernabéu se vació; ya había sido la segunda peor entrada de esta temporada en Liga (53.412 espectadores)...
Chema Díaz / Diario AS

Attendances at the Santiago Bernabéu are on the wane, falling over the past decade by an average of 8,720, with almost 10,000 empty seats dotted around during each game. 

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As Real Madrid's 0-2 defeat to Real Sociedad entered the last ten minutes, barely half the stadium stuck around to hear the final whistle. The game itself registered an attendance of 53,412, the second lowest behind the opening day of the season, in Madrid's tie with Getafe on 19 August (48,446).

Ticket prices - the cheapest seat is currently around €50 for league games - coupled with Real's current form mean fans are struggling to find reasons to go to the stadium. Last year, with Cristiano Ronaldo, and despite the wheels quickly coming off their league season, attendences were still considerably higher: 69,937 per league game.  


This situation is in stark contrast to city neighbours Atlético, who welcome average attendances of 57,416 every league fixture, only 5,224 below the Bernabéu and with fewer empty seats. The Wanda Metropolitano fills 84.6% of its capacity every game, compared with Madrid's 77.3%, a long way from the 87.5% it managed a decade ago. 

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