Only Scarlets Above 8k Original Attendance Target

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8 May 2018

Wales Online have analysed the attendances at the Welsh Regions and have discovered, since the regions were formed 15 years ago, all of them are below the 8,000 target then Welsh Rugby Union chief executive David Moffett gave them for Celtic League attendance in the summer of 2003.

Only the Scarlets, with an average of 9,256 across all competitions before their PRO14 title play-off last week have bettered that figure this campaign.

Dragons, despite having had the worst season in the history of the Welsh regions, saw their average attendance since being taken over by the WRU, climb from 4,368 to 4,700.

Ospreys’ average has dropped below 7,000 for the first time since 2005 with a figure of 6,849, down from 7,772 last term and 8,486 the previous campaign.

Cardiff Blues’ have had a strong finish to the season but their run hasn’t prevented their average dropping to 6,193 from 6,446.

Cardiff Blues hold the best average home attendance of the regional era, 15,108, when they reached the semi-final of Europe’s Heineken Cup in 2008-09.

But they have been going downhill since averaging 8,397 in 2011-12 with a low of 5,952 during the 2015-16 campaign.

The research shows success on the pitch is the biggest driver when it comes to higher attendances and the Blues may see the benefits of their late charge when it comes to ticket sales for next season.

Blues' average crowd

2015-16: 5,942

2016-17: 6,446 (8.5% up on previous year)

2017-18: 6,193 (4% down on previous year)

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