Major U.S. sports leagues attendance
The National Football League was the best attended major sports league in the world in 2013/14 as an average of over 68,000 fans watched each game live in the stadiums. This is some 25,000 more than the average attendance for the German Bundesliga, the second most attended league in the world.
A total of 17.36 million fans watched NFL games live during the 2014 regular season, marking the highest total attendance figure since 2008. During the 2014 regular season, the Dallas Cowboys had the highest average home attendance in the league, with an average of over 90,000 fans watching each home game. This figure is almost 12,000 more than the average attendance of the New York Giants, which is the second highest in the league. Although the Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium has an official capacity of 80,000 for football games, it is expandable to 105,000 with standing room.
In contrast to the NFL, the average attendance of NBA games is relatively low, with an average of 17,400 people watching each game live in the 2013/14 season. These figures can be attributed to the smaller size of basketball arenas, with the largest arena in the NBA, The United Center, home of the Chicago Bulls, having a capacity of just under 25,000 people. The Bulls were the best supported team throughout the whole of the 2013/14 regular season, as over 890,000 total fans attended their home games.
The best attended soccer league in the world in 2013/14 was the German Bundesliga, with an average of 43,500 fans watching each match live in the stadium. This average has risen consistently in recent years and is almost 5,000 more than the average in the 2007/08 season. Within the league, Borussia Dortmund recorded the highest average attendance during the 2013/14 season at over 80,000 fans.