For the first time in five years, the Nou Camp no leads the field with more people in their stands in Spain. Attendance at the Barça coliseum has plummeted this season and in the eleven games played to date, the average number of spectators who have come to the Blaugrana venue has been 71.698. A good amount but clearly down from other years and that they have already passed through the Real Madrid stadium, Valencia, Seville or Villarreal.
This decrease begins to be accused in the last matches where the Camp Nou has offered a bleak image, especially in the Copa del Rey and League matches with Valencia. In some of those duels, not even the half ticket could be obtained. Empty seats, silences and murmurs are part of the latest settings of the largest stadium in Europe. But how did you get here if two years ago, It was the stadium that received the most people per game in the entire Old Continent? Why is this happening? Well, to find an answer as precise as possible, it is convenient to take into account five factors, all of them capitals that are calling into question the future expansion of the field:
1- The crisis: obviously fans and partners are not immune to the economic context. Being a member costs money and going to football usually involves in addition to the entrance fee, spending on dinner and transportation. The thing is not to shoot rockets and that significantly influences the situation described. If on top we add tickets with exorbitant prices…
2- The schedules: Barcelona has been playing at some strange times lately. The 16 hours on Saturdays have become a classic and 22 weekday hours in another. How do you expect a full stadium if on a Wednesday a game ends at midnight and it is more than likely that the person who is going to see the game will go to bed at the earliest at 2 hours?
3- Inequality: Madrid and Barcelona go for a walk at home and the only emotion is generally to see how many goals they will be able to score. Competitiveness suffers and so the public.
4- Boring game. Barcelona has turned its dynamic football touch and continuous arrival into a tostón, in a monologue that makes his rival impatient. The excellence of Guardiola's early years has given way to predictability.
5- It's not that Tato doesn't go, but simply that we are talking about one of the largest fields in Europe and the fact that they have 70.000 people seem little. But nevertheless, that figure in any other venue would be a very good entry.
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