Despite having a nightmarish first half of the season, Gor Mahia leads the league in attendance by a significant margin. The poor performance of the team on the fiels has clearly has not dampened the enthusiasm of Kogalo’s loyal followers.
Gor Mahia now accounts for a massive 60% of the total attendance of matches handled by ticket masters. The best attended match this year was the local El Classic which ad 20, 409 fans.
Overall the Kenya Premier league recorded a 33 % increase in attendance. However there are still many games being played in empty stadia and the average attendance remains low at 2019 per game. A apaltry number compared to the Egyptian league which at its height has an average attendance of 23,000. Worldwide, the best attended league football league is the Bundesliga at 41,000 fans per game. In the world of sports, the best attended league is is the National Football League (NFL) in the USA whose attendance is over 67,000 fans per game.
The increase in attendance of the KPL league is good news. But why is attendance so low. Firstly the stadia are poor. Most were constructed before independence by the colonial government and succesive governments have not seen it fit to upgrade existing stadia or build new ones. The facilities are poor and most do not even have sufficient seating. The second reason is the dearth of community teams. If there were more community teams like Nakuru All Stars, Shabana, Congo United etc, league attendance would be much higher than the present situuation where the league full of corporate teams like Tusker and KCB which do not have a following.