Average attendances at Bundesliga games continue to increase year on year and show no sign of letting up. With Average ticket prices between €12-15 less than half of what a fan would normally pay to attend a game in the Premier League.
Attendances are part of a structure in which Every team in the two Bundesligen must have a licence to play in the league, or else they are relegated into the regional leagues. To obtain a licence, teams must be financially healthy and meet certain standards of conduct as organisations.
Attendances do however rely on the controversial seating and standing arrangements which is something I wouldn’t want to see return to English football.
The German model
In Germany, the Bundesliga has thrived on passionate and atmospheric grounds, which can partially be attributed to the safe standing areas implemented.
The league uses rail seating which is a form of standing where the rails have flip-up seats.
The seats are locked in place for Bundesliga matches so fans can stand but are then unlocked for Champions League matches.
A ticket for standing also provides the fan with a row and position, maintaining the ability to locate someone in the stadium.
The Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, which was used in the 2006 World Cup, features safe standing for domestic league fixtures, proving that rail seats can be easily converted.