The Ibrox club boast the 13th highest attendance figures in Europe. The figures are compiled as part of the European Footballing Landscape report released by UEFA. It’s made even more impressive when you consider where we’ve been.
Rangers saw total attendance figures reach 933,964 for that season. An impressive tally for the club.
That puts the Gers above the likes of Paris Saint Germain, Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid. Rangers also narrowly missed out on hitting the million mark.
It shows just how influential the Ibrox giants are in European terms. And how loyal and passionate the fans are.
Rivals Celtic also made the list, coming in at an impressive eighth. Celtic of course boast a larger stadium than Ibrox, but that doesn’t tell the whole story.
Rangers filled 49,156 seats per game on average. The capacity of Ibrox is 50,817. That means Ibrox was on average 96.73% full during the 2016/17 season.
Celtic on the other hand had an average of 54,726. Celtic Park has a capacity of 60,832. This means on average they only filled 89.96% of their ground last year. That’s a difference of 6.77% between the two.
You can only fill any stadium by its capacity and whilst Celtic might’ve had higher attendance figures in total, Rangers fans have proven themselves to be more committed.
Would Rangers fill a bigger stadium? You certainly wouldn’t argue against it. There are fewer groups of more loyal supporters than the Rangers faithful. Even, as we’ve seen, when compared to European footballing giants.
And stadium expansion might be something the Board are thinking about in the future. It’s certainly possible.
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