La Liga: seating capacity in football stadiums Spain 2018/2019

FB Barcelona’s Camp Nou ranked as the Spanish football stadium with the largest capacity during the 2019/20 season with approximately 99.8 thousand seats. Real Madrid’s Bernabéu followed second, with a capacity to host nearly 85.5 thousand fans. Many football fans flock into stadiums when a game is on, and to accommodate that considerable amount of followers the teams require large buildings with enough seating capacity even though the attendance of live matches has been in decline in the past years.

Barcelona and Real Madrid also have highest salaries

Spaniards are passionate about football, a sport that is often conceived as much more than just an entertainment – it revolves around strong feelings and emotion. It will then come as no surprise that some Spanish football teams not only made the global list of best paid players, but also topped it. The Football Club Barcelona led the list of highest salaries per player in La Liga at 13.76 million U.S. dollars in 2017/18. Real Madrid ranked second, with its average player earning approximately 10.64 million U.S. dollars that year.

A popular phenomenon on television too

Broadcast football games traditionally hold the first positions of audience rankings in the Mediterranean country. The popularity of football in Spain can also be sensed when looking at the annual audience list, which, in 2018, was taken up by ten football game broadcasts, partly owing to the FIFA World Cup that took place that year.

Ranking of football stadiums in Spain's first division in season 2018/2019, based on seating capacity

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