- Tottenham Hotspur were found to be the club losing the most money on empty seats
- Full Breakdown of How Much Extra Revenue Each Team is Losing
- Detailed raport per club
Full Breakdown of How Much Extra Revenue Each Team is Losing
OLBG’s cost of empty seats research took this season’s average attendance figures and cost of the lowest ticket price to work out how much each Premier League club is missing out on every time they play on home turf.
|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|
Empty seats: 3,393
Average losses: £100,000
Burnley were next on the list and the only other club to lose out on over £100,000 per matchday as well as having the second-highest number of empty seats, albeit by a very fine margin. Sean Dyche’s side has endured a torrid season as they look to be embroiled in a battle to beat the drop, which perhaps explains the 3,393 empty seats on average this season.
Empty seats: 2,500
Average losses: £86,275
Last season Premier League champions and current leaders by some distance Manchester City were next on the list, losing approximately £86,275 thanks to just under 2,500 free seats per game at the Etihad. City fans have come in for criticism all season from Pep Guardiola and sections of the media for not filling the stadium. One commentator even accidentally dubbed the stadium the ‘Emptyhad’ live on air, showing how widespread talk has become. But attendances have not been as bad as people make out, at least in Premier League games, with the Citizens averaging over 52,552 this season.
Empty seats: 1,000
Average losses: £35,402
Their neighbour’s Manchester United placed much lower down on the list in 12th place, as Old Trafford continues to be a sought after ticket in Football despite the club’s recent struggles. There are just over 1,000 seats going on an average matchday at the Premier League's biggest stadium adding up to losses of £35,402.
Empty seats: 377
Average losses: £14,000
However, the Red Devils old foes, Liverpool can boast even less empty seats with Anfield averaging an impressive 377 per home game, adding up to lost revenue of just under a mere £14,000. Even so, that was still only the third-best empty seat figure in the Premier League this season with Norwich (313) and Leicester City (251) bettering those at Merseyside.
Empty seats: 251
Average losses: £ 6,526
Due to their extremely low spare seats, Leicester came bottom of the pile in terms of matchday revenue lost, at just £6,526 because of fans packing out the King Power to as near to its 32,312 capacity as it gets.
Clubs though will be happy that fans are back in the grounds. Our report on the cost of no fans clearly showed how much they were losing when playing behind closed doors during lockdown.
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