German football boom takes hold

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13 December 2004 , DUSSELDORF - The Bundesliga boom continues ahead of the 2006 World Cup in Germany, with figures at the halfway stage of the season reached at the weekend showing record attendances. According to figures released by the 18 Bundesliga clubs, attendances are the highest in the 42-year history of Germany's top division, with an average attendance of 37,181 fans per game compared with 36,607 a year ago. One of the main reasons for the jump in attendances is the completion of new, large state-

13 December 2004

DUSSELDORF - The Bundesliga boom continues ahead of the 2006 World Cup in Germany, with figures at the halfway stage of the season reached at the weekend showing record attendances.

According to figures released by the 18 Bundesliga clubs, attendances are the highest in the 42-year history of Germany's top division, with an average attendance of 37,181 fans per game compared with 36,607 a year ago.

One of the main reasons for the jump in attendances is the completion of new, large state-of-the art World Cup stadiums in Moenchengladbach, Hanover and Berlin.

For example, Borussia Moenchengladbach have had an average home attendance of nearly 50,000 this season, almost 20,000 more than a year ago.

"We have exceeded all expectations," said Gladbach CEO Stephan Schippers.

Even with an average gate of nearly 50,000, Gladbach only rank fourth in the attendance figures table behind Borussia Dortmund (77,062 average), Schalke 04 (61,177) and Bayern Munich (51,888).

What makes the boom all the more impressive is that a third of the Bundesliga clubs - Bayer Leverkusen, Hansa Rostock, Freiburg, Mainz, Bielefeld and Wolfsburg - play in stadiums with capacities of 30,000 or less.

Germany coach Juergen Klinsmann on Monday praised the new stadiums for bringing added atmosphere to German league matches.

"The Bundesliga is a lot of fun," said Klinsmann. "There are no more problems with violence. You see families with children."

DPA

Subject: German news

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