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Euro 2012: Poland and Ukraine going for attendance record!

Only in the first round of the group phase 356,000 people came to 8 stadia of the tournament. That means so far attendance is highest since the introduction of individual seats and 16-team format.

First weekend of Euro 2012 has passed. Each venue hosted one game and the number of spectators was close to sell-outs in many cases. All games played in Poland saw full stadiums with those in Ukraine only slightly less attended, though tickets for most games in the second country are still available.

According to most reliable information we could find a total number of 356,101 people have already visited the 8 stadia, giving an average of 44,513 per game. Largest crowd saw Ukraine beat Sweden last night in Kyiv (64,290), while the least attended game was played in Lviv, Germany vs. Portugal (32,990).

Though it’s just first of three rounds during the group phase, numbers are optimistic and may grow as knock-out stage will be played only in the largest venues. Meanwhile already Poland and Ukraine are above record-holders England, who had regular crowds of 41,166 back in 1996 (first Euro played in all-seated stadiums and with 16 participants). We’ll keep you updated on Polish and Ukrainian crowds to check if both countries keep it up.

For better overview we attach the list of all Euro tournaments so far with crowds per game.

16-team tournaments

yearhostper game
2012  
Poland and Ukraine 44,513
2008 Austria and Switzerland 36,803
2004 Portugal 37,563
2000 Belgium and Netherlands 35,856
1996 England 41,166

8-team tournaments

yearhost per game
1992  
Sweden 28,674
1988 West Germany 59,243
1984 France 39,843
1980 Italy 24,676

4-team tournaments

year hostper game
1976  
Jugoslavia 26,552
1972 Belgium 30,560
1968 Italy 59,846
1964 Spain 39,063
1960 France 19,740
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