SC Bern is still the attendance king of European hockey clubs

ZÜRICH (IIHF): SC Bern of the Swiss Nationalliga A is again the undisputed leader in European league attendance, for the sixth consecutive year. The club that plays out of the 16.789 BernArena averaged 15.815 fans during the 44-game 2006-2007 regular season. This is a slight decrease from the 2005-2006-season when the club set an all-time European record with an average of 15.994. The 15.000-barrier has been surpassed only three times in European hockey, on all occasions by SC Bern.

German DEL-leagues Kölner Haie is the perennial number two, finishing in that position for the sixth consecutive year, this time with an average of 12.711 fans in the 18.502 KölnArena. Another German club, Adler Mannheim, set a new club record with 12.688 fans in the brand new 13.600 SAP Arena. The DEL plays a 52-game season. KölnArena and SAP Arena are the venues for the 2010 IIHF World Championship in Germany.

Sweden's Frölunda Indians (Gothenburg) and Germany's Hamburg Freezers are the only other European club who draw plus-10.000 crowds to their home games.

Best attendance figures in European hockey leagues 2006-2007
(Numbers in brackets indicate position from 2005-06. Last column indicates capacity percentage)

Rank

Club

Country/League

Average

% Capacity

1 (1)

SC Bern

Switzerland

15'815

% 94.2

2 (2)

Kölner Haie

Germany

12'711

% 68.7

3 (4)

Adler Mannheim

Germany

12'688

% 93.3

4 (3)

Frölunda Göteborg

Sweden

11'469

% 95.2

5 (5)

Hamburg Freezers

Germany

10'293

% 80.4

6 (7)

Jokerit, Helsinki

Finland

8'928

% 65.3

7 (9)

HC Moeller-Pardubice

Czech Republic

8'596

% 92.9

8 (6)

Lokomotiv Yaroslavl

Russia

8'391

% 96.3

9 (16)

DEG Metro Stars

Germany

7'727

% 57.7

10 (10)

Färjestads BK

Sweden

7'529

% 91.3

11 (14)

Sibir Novosibirsk

Russia

7'455

% 99.4

12 (11)

Linköpings HC

Sweden

7'266

% 85.5

13 (x)

Amur Khabarovsk

Russia

7'100

% 100.0

14 (12)

HV71 Jönköping

Sweden

6'970

% 99.0

15 (13)

Djurgardens IF

Sweden

6'865

% 48.8

16 (x)

MoDo, Örnsköldsvik

Sweden

6'759

--

17 (x)

Brynäs IF, Gävle

Sweden

6'664

--

18 (15)

HIFK Helsinki

Finland

6'629

--

19 (8)

ZSC Lions, Zurich

Switzerland

6'591

--

20 (18)

TPS Turku

Finland

6'441

--

21 (x)

Sparta Prague

Czech Republic

6'207

--

22 (20)

Hannover Scorpions

Germany

6'186

--

23 (x)

HC Kosice

Slovakia

6'163

--

24 (19)

Frankfurt Lions

Germany

6'060

--

25 (x)

Khimik Moscow R

Russia

5'797

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