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The Cost of No Fans - Which Premier League Football Clubs Will Lose the Most Money if Restrictions are Reintroduced?

Published: Jan 9, 10:24am Last Updated: Jan 9, 10:32am Premier League 0 Comments 87 Views

With the largest capacity stadium in the premier league and a massive worldwide fanbase, it’s no surprise that Manchester United would lose the most money per matchday if they were forced to play in front of no fans. 

The Red Devils stand to lose just over a whopping £2.2 million based on this season's average attendance and ticket prices. 

Talk of lockdown restrictions being reintroduced - potentially meaning no fans are allowed in stadiums again - refuses to go away and will seemingly carry on for the foreseeable future.

Although England’s top-flight clubs won’t be too concerned with the comparably low matchday losses when you consider their various other more lucrative revenue streams, home game income can add up over the course of a few games if no spectators are allowed in.

There’s also the fact that playing in empty stadiums arguably means the home team loses the advantage a stadium full of supporters cheering them on gives, something no club will want to lose. Punters and bookmakers saw the impact on results when matches were played behind closed doors last season. 

A Full Breakdown of Premier League Clubs Matchday Revenue

Our research Manchester United would lose approximately £2,262,938 per matchday, due to their average attendance figures being an impressive 72,998 (according to data from transfermarkt) despite a struggling season by the clubs’ high standards.

They are closely followed by their old enemy Liverpool with a matchday ticket at Anfield being extremely hot property! The who would lose £1,961,629 based on their near-capacity average attendances of 53,017 - just 377 shy of a full house. 

Club Stadium Max capacity Average attendance (2021/22) Ticket price (lowest available) Revenue (based on average attendeances)
Manchester United Old Trafford 74,140 72,998 £ 31.00 £ 2,262,938.00
Liverpool Anfield 53,394 53,017 £ 37.00 £ 1,961,629.00
Manchester City Etihad Stadium 55,017 52,552 £ 35.00 £ 1,839,320.00
Chelsea Stamford Bridge 40,834 37,552 £ 47.00 £ 1,764,944.00
Arsenal Emirates Stadium 60,704 59,653 £ 26.00 £ 1,550,978.00
West Ham United London Stadium 60,000 58,402 £ 25.00 £ 1,460,050.00
Newcastle United St James' Park 52,305 50,866 £ 27.00 £ 1,373,382.00
Everton Goodison Park 39,414 38,904 £ 32.00 £ 1,244,928.00
Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham Hotspur Stadium 62,850 54,566 £ 20.00 £ 1,091,320.00
Aston Villa Villa Park 42,682 41,836 £ 26.00 £ 1,087,736.00
Southampton St Mary's Stadium 32,384 28,996 £ 32.00 £ 927,872.00
Brighton & Hove Albion Amex Arena 31,800 30,798 £ 30.00 £ 923,940.00
Wolverhampton Wanderers Molineux 31,700 30,463 £ 30.00 £ 913,890.00
Leeds United Elland Road 37,792 36,188 £ 25.00 £ 904,700.00
Crystal Palace Selhurst Park 25,486 23,742 £ 38.00 £ 902,196.00
Leicester City King Power Stadium 32,312 32,061 £ 26.00 £ 833,586.00
Norwich City Carrow Road 27,244 26,931 £ 30.00 £ 807,930.00
Watford Vicarage Road 22,200 20,529 £ 36.00 £ 739,044.00
Burnley Turf Moor 21,944 18,551 £ 30.00 £ 556,530.00
Brentford Brentford Community Stadium 17,250 16,795 £ 30.00 £ 503,850.00

Behind them were Premier League leaders Manchester City who are enjoying a fine season and currently look very close to securing a fourth title under Pep Guardiola. Despite this, Blues fans have faced criticism for not packing out the Etihad this term; however, their average attendance figure of 52,552 is very respectable.

Chelsea and Arsenal round off the top five with the London duo potentially losing £1,764,944 and £1,550,978 respectively. While the former club has a much lower capacity than its main rivals, ticket prices at the Bridge are the highest on the list, making up for the shortfall in numbers. 

Despite having the second-highest capacity stadium in the Premier League, Tottenham Hotspur only ranked in ninth place thanks to relatively cheap ticket prices and an average attendance of 54,566 (some 8,284 shy of the maximum). But they would still lose just short of £1.1 million, something Daniel Levy will also certainly want to avoid. 

There wasn’t much to separate the bottom two on our list with Burnley (£556,530) and Brentford (£503,850) both losing the lowest amounts by some distance due to having stadiums with the lowest capacity in the league and reasonable ticket prices. 

Relegation strugglers Watford and Norwich sit just above them who can each boast average attendances close to a full house, despite both clubs having torrid seasons so far. 

Last season's FA Cup winners Leicester City rank above the Hornets and Canaries, losing approximately £833,586. Again this is thanks to the King Power stadiums max capacity of just 32,312, which is comparatively small if you consider the clubs competing with them for a place in the top four consistently. The Foxes can boast the least amount of empty seats in the division though, with just 251 free on an average matchday.    


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