I-LEAGUE Media Team
NEW DELHI: Kolkata giants McDowell Mohun Bagan lead the pack with the maximum attendance among all the I-League Clubs in the 2013/14 season averaging 17068, from 12 home games; according to the official data available by the I-League Secretariat at the All India Football Federation (AIFF).
The gap between the two Kolkata heavyweights in terms of the supporters count in the stadium was quite revealing as the Mariners won hands-down against East Bengal, who are third in the list with an average attendance of 8667.
North-East outfit Shillong Lajong stood second among the Clubs with an average attendance of 11308.
The Mariners as well as the Red-and-Gold brigade shared the same stadium – the Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan at Salt Lake – for most of the season, and it is to be noted that the Kolkata Derby on November 24 hosted by Bagan, fetched a total attendance of 80000 – the highest attendance recorded in an I-League game last season.
The maximum capacity of the stadium is 120,000.
Champions last season and also victors in their debut season, Bengaluru FC came sixth in the list, recording an average spectators’ count of 7068.
One of the highlights of last season has been the amazing display by the BFC fans, who came out in huge number to support their team, in both their home and away matches.
There have been almost 90% attendance in the 12 home games at the Bangalore Football Stadium, owned by the Karnataka State Football Association, which has a capacity of 8500.
The stadium recorded their highest attendance on March 30, when the Blues hosted Pune FC.
The Shillong Derby (Shillong Lajong vs Rangdajied United) on November 22, hosted by Lajong, at the JLN Stadium, fetched a total attendance of 22000 (also a full house) – and in the process, the match also registered fifth in the top attendance figures of the I-League matches last season.
The stadium averaged a total of 18995 out of the 24 home games (Lajong and Rangdajied combined).
In Goa, Dempo SC edged past all the four Clubs from the state to record an average attendance of 2542. They are just marginally ahead of Churchill Brothers, Salgaocar FC, and Sporting Clube de Goa, respectively.
The Goan outfits played their home matches last season at the Duler Stadium, the Fatorda Stadium, and the Tilak Stadium.
Pune FC, who played their home games at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, recorded an average spectator attendance of 2586, much higher than that of their Maharashtra rivals, Mumbai FC.
The capacity of the Balewadi Stadium in Pune is 22,000.
Average Spectators – I-League 2013/14 (in the order of ranking):
1. Mohun Bagan – 17,068
2. Shillong Lajong FC – 11,308
3. East Bengal – 8,667
4. Rangdajied United FC – 7,687
5. Mohammedan Sporting – 7,083
6. Bengaluru FC – 7,038
7. Pune FC – 2,586
8. Dempo SC – 2,542
9. Churchill Brothers – 2,450
10. Salgaocar FC – 2,421
11. United SC – 2,250
12. Sporting Clube de Goa – 1,608
13. Mumbai FC – 321