I-League: Mohun Bagan had the best average home attendance in 2013-14 campaign

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Mohun Bagan might have finished eighth in the 2013-14 I-League and ended another campaign without a trophy but the green-and-maroon brigade top an alternative table. The official I-League website revealed on Thursday the average home attendance figures of each club in the 2013-14 campaign and Mohun Bagan were placed the highest.

The Mariners recorded an average home attendance of 17,068, almost double the number of their arch-rivals East Bengal, who are only third in the list with 8667 despite challenging for the title. One reason behind it could be the fact that East Bengal played some of their home matches at the Kalyani Stadium, which only has a capacity of around 8000.

Mohun Bagan on the other hand played just one of their 12 home matches outside the 120,000 capacity Salt Lake Stadium. Shillong Lajong are second in the list with 11,308 and unsurprisingly Shillong’s Rangdajied United and Kolkata’s Mohammedan Sporting complete the top five.

I-League champions Bengaluru FC are sixth with 7038 but they enjoyed almost 90% attendance in their 12 home matches at the Bangalore Football Stadium whose capacity is 8500.

Each of the seven remaining clubs had an average attendance of less than 3000 with Mumbai FC’s average of 321 being the lowest. That is not surprising at all as they played their home matches outside Mumbai, at Pune’s Balewadi Sports Complex.

Average home attendance

1. Mohun Bagan – 17,068

2. Shillong Lajong FC – 11,308

3. East Bengal – 8,667

4. Rangdajied United FC – 7,687

5. Mohammedan Sporting – 7,083

6. Bengaluru FC – 7,038

7. Pune FC – 2,586

8. Dempo SC – 2,542

9. Churchill Brothers – 2,450

10. Salgaocar FC – 2,421

11. United SC – 2,250

12. Sporting Clube de Goa – 1,608

13. Mumbai FC – 321

Top five attendances

Mohun Bagan were also involved in three of the top five attendances of the season. Three of them were Kolkata derbies with the first-ever Shillong I-League derby between Shillong Lajong and Rangdajied United also getting into the top five.

1)  24th November, 2013 – Mohun Bagan vs East Bengal

Attendance – 80000

Venue: Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata

2) 27th November, 2013 – Mohun Bagan vs Mohammedan Sporting

Attendance – 45000

Venue: Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata

3) 1st March, 2014 – East Bengal vs Mohun Bagan

Attendance – 30000

Venue: Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata

4) 30th November, 2013 – Mohammedan Sporting vs Dempo

Attendance – 26000

Venue: Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata

5) 22nd November, 2013 – Shillong Lajong vs Rangdajied Utd

Attendance – 22000

Venue: JLN Stadium, Shillong

Originally published on Sportskeeda.com here