250 millionth fan set to be reached tonight
The Barclays Premier League this evening (Tuesday, November 27) will welcome the 250 millionth attendee through the turnstiles, over 20 years after the League launched on Saturday 15 August 1992.
The attendances from this evening’s Sunderland vs Queens Park Rangers match at The Stadium of Light and Aston Villa vs Reading at Villa Park will push the grand total over the quarter-billion attendee mark.
Ahead of tonight’s fixtures, 249,949,825 fans have witnessed 3215 players battle it out in 7975 games, scoring a total of 20,955 goals and in acknowledgement of the historic landmark, Barclays has released a detailed breakdown of the League’s fan history.
The increasing popularity can be seen in the dramatic rise in attendance figures since the debut season when an average of just 21,131 attended matches compared to the current season’s average of 35,767.
More fans have watched the Barclays Premier League at Old Trafford than any other club ground with the 12-times Champions Manchester United accounting for nearly a tenth of the total number of fans to have watched the League live (24,397,959 fans). Arsenal (17,036,537) are second on the all time aggregate list with Liverpool (16,491,290), Newcastle (15,878,733) and Chelsea (13,752,044) making up the top five.
To mark the occasion Barclays, title sponsor of the Barclays Premier League, have launched a ‘Find the Fan’ competition to reward a fan from each of the 20 clubs with a VIP trip for four people to see a Barclays Premier League match.
Barclays’ photographers have been taking exclusive matchday pictures of both home and away fans at the stadiums that hosted Barclays Premier League fixtures on November 24, 25, 27 and 28, and once those images are taken they will be uploaded onto the Barclays Football Facebook site: facebook.com/BarclaysFootball where fans will be asked to indentify themselves or their friends to be eligible for the prize draw.
David Wheldon, Barclays Managing Director of Brand, Reputation and Citizenship, said: “Reaching 250 million fans is a fantastic landmark for the Barclays Premier League. Since the league launched in August 1992 it has gone from strength to strength, and Barclays is delighted to be recognising and rewarding those fans that turn up in their thousands every week and whose passionate support makes the Barclays Premier League so unique.”
Richard Scudamore, Premier League Chief Executive said: “Having 250 million fans come into Premier League grounds is a terrific landmark. The Premier League is now the most watched and supported football league in the world and what people see is great football played in fantastic stadia packed full of vibrant, passionate fans.
“Over the last two decades our clubs have worked tirelessly to make Premier League grounds more welcoming and are striving to deliver a first-rate experience for all fans. We have grown from 9 million supporters in the 1992/92 season through to 13 million plus in each of the last four seasons, and this campaign our grounds are currently 95% full. Importantly the audience for Premier League football has never been more diverse: 23% of attending fans are female, 11% are black or ethnic minority and 13% of season-ticket holders are children. More of everyone is coming to Premier League football.”