The 18th Man can reveal that the Super League average attendance from 2016 has dropped slightly from 2015. After compiling this season’s data, there was an average gate of 8810 at Super League games, a small drop of 1.86% from the 8979 average of last season.
This figure is a minor blow for the RFL after the 11.67% increase from 2014 to 2015 after the introduction of the Super 8s last season. It had been hoped that with the new format now securely in place that the game would continue to grow in it’s heartland areas, but this slight decrease would suggest otherwise.
Across the board, 6 Super League teams received a higher average gate than 2015, Wakefield and Warrington with the biggest increases of 18.96% and 16.84% respectively, while the other 6 saw a decline in the number of fans attending games. Salford faced the biggest drop with a painful -22.24% decrease on last season.
Once again, the Leeds Rhinos were statistically the best supported home team in Super League, despite their dramatic fall from grace. They averaged a home attendance of 15,478. At the other end of the spectrum, Salford averaged just 3193.
Meanwhile the biggest Super League attendance of the season (bar the Magic Weekend and upcoming play-off semi-finals) went to the Wigan-Saints derby as Shaun Wane’s side fell to a 23-4 defeat at the DW back in July, with 20,049 spectators. The smallest being Huddersfield’s Middle 8s trip to Salford where just 1759 people turned up at the AJ Bell.
The data compiled includes every game from the Super League regular season and games involving current Super League teams in the Middle 8s.
World Club Series games, Challenge Cup games and play-off games are not included.
Click next to see a full analysis of each team’s individual attendances.