Superleague sets attendance record

The 2006 engage Super League has generated the highest weekly average attendance in the 11-year history of the competition.

The average weekly attendance at the conclusion of the 28 rounds of the regular season stands at 9,026, generated by an aggregate attendance of 1,516,342 supporters. Those figures are an increase on the previous season, which generated an average of 8,887.

This is also the first time the competition has attracted an aggregate of over one-and-a-half million supporters in the space of one campaign.

This season?s engage Super League competition has also generated the highest weekly average attendance for an elite League since the introduction of multiple divisions to the sport in 1973.

Also during 2006 the following milestones have been achieved:

  • There have been a record number of five figure attendances at matches ? 71 in engage Super League XI (previous best was 68 in 2005).
  • Leeds Rhinos are the best supported club in engage Super League with an average attendance of 15,683. Wigan Warriors are the next best with an average of 14,464.
  • Seven clubs have shown an increase in average attendances during 2006.
  • The Catalans Dragons club generated an average attendance of 6,542 during their debut season in the competition.
  • The average weekly attendance for the engage Super League competition has risen every season since 2001.

    Commenting on the figures, the Executive Chairman of the Rugby Football League Richard Lewis said: "The excitement and competitiveness we have seen in engage Super League during 2006 has been unprecedented.

    "The season has contained so many memorable matches and these record attendances show that supporters are responding to the unique sporting spectacle on offer.

    "The consistent increase in crowds experienced by the competition since 2001 demonstrates that engage Super League is continuing to grow and develop positively. We believe this trend will continue in future seasons.

    "Now that the regular season is complete, the attention rightly turns to the engage Super League Play-Offs and battle to reach the Grand Final at Old Trafford.

    "We can look forward to more excitement in the coming weeks as the remaining six clubs battle it out for the engage Super League Championship".