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16.993 fans flocked to the Lanxess Arena this season.

Attendance record: Cologne surpasses the NHL

No ice hockey team in Europe welcomed as many fans per game this year as the Kölner Haie. This means that the Sharks are a European crowd again for the first time in 22 years and are also leaving one or two NHL teams behind.

The Kölner Haie have set a European record for spectator attendance. As the Haie announced on Wednesday, an average of 16.993 spectators came to the Lanxess Arena for the team's home games from the German Ice Hockey League this season. The home game on Friday against Adler Mannheim on the last day of the main round, which was already sold out with 18.600 spectators, is already included. The eight-time German champions thus exceeded the previous club record from last season by a good 2.700 fans.


No club in Europe has more spectators on average than the Haie, who replace the traditional Swiss club SC Bern in this ranking. The Bernese, considered the Real Madrid of European ice hockey, welcomed an average of 15.490 spectators this season. Bern's previous European record from the 2016/2017 season was an average of 16.399 spectators. With the current popularity, the Rhinelanders also surpass six NHL teams (Columbus, Buffalo, Anaheim, San Jose, Winnipeg and Arizona).

Schlagwörter: Hockey OF Cologne Sharks

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