Anderlecht disputes figures on spectators

FRIDAY, 30 SEPTEMBER 2022, 09:42 - lajoya
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OTHER In response to newspaper reports about declining spectator numbers, Anderlecht is coming out with an official statement. According to purple-white, the figures from the newspapers are not correct. An error in the Pro League database would be the cause. The club does not release (in their eyes) correct figures.

Read Anderlecht's full message below:

After several articles about the declining spectator numbers in Belgian stadiums, the club is forced to correct some elements. Indeed, there are major differences in the frames of reference used and the analysis are based, among other things, on an error in the Pro League database.   

In the last three seasons, on average, at least 85% of the number of tickets available in our stadium were sold.

Last season we sold 10% more tickets than 2019-2020, the last season without the impact of the corona pandemic. 

This season we are receiving on average the same number of spectators as the 2021-22 and 2019-20 season (pre-corona).  Despite the - by now known - context after 5 games: 

  • The early start of the season in the middle of the summer holidays 
  • The rapid succession of European matches and matches in the Jupiler Pro League
  • Only 1 top match against KAA Gent which took place on Thursday evening
  • A home game on car-free Sunday at 9 p.m.
However, there is a difference between the number of tickets and season tickets sold and the actual attendance during the match. However, these "no shows" remain consistent over the last few years and are mainly located among subscribers who cannot be at the stadium every game.   

Apart from the importance of the correct representation of figures, RSC Anderlecht has a great deal of sympathy for the complaints of Belgian soccer supporters, including with regard to the starting times of matches. The club insists on thanking its supporters for their unwavering support for the team of their heart.

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