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Every Super League club’s average attendance in 2023 ranked worst to best

2023 was a brilliant year for entertaining Rugby League, Leigh Leopards being the talking point of the sport, Wigan Warriors winning two out of three trophies and St Helens becoming the World Champions down under.

Attendances were up for the first six games of the season and there were record attendances for some teams. We have decided to go through all the attendances and see which side tops the charts in average for the full season.

12. Wakefield Trinity – 4,320

Wakefield having the worst attendance is no surprise given the whole season saw a lot of their stadium out of action due to redevelopment work which looks excellent and has the club on course for a big 2024. They have already sold 4,250 season tickets for the 2024 season.

11. Salford Red Devils – 5,121

Salford continue to improve their attendances but their future at the AJ Bell Stadium is well and truly up in the air due to the situation surrounding their tenancy agreement at the stadium. They require the council and Peel to take action to save them.

10. Huddersfield Giants – 5,244

Huddersfield are often criticised for their attendances but they did not have the weakest crowds in 2023 and continue to push the sport with very affordable season tickets and wide spread promotion. If they can have a successful year in 2024, this number should grow.

9. Castleford Tigers – 6,976

The Tigers’ struggles at the bottom of the league translated to some lukewarm crowds. Of course, this is not a terrible tally but would have been better had we seen the Tigers further up the table. The Tigers could struggle again in 2024 in terms of attendances due to the situation around their own stadium redevelopment.

8. Leigh Leopards – 7,254

This is where we see the clubs who have solid attendances throughout the year. Leigh had an excellent return year in Super League and had strong crowds every week helped by the amazing entertainment put on week in and week out by Derek Beaumont.

7. Hull Kingston Rovers – 8,769

The Robins produced one of the best average attendances since they were the best team in the land back in the 1980s with what was their best ever season in Super League replicating their fourth place finish in 2009 but adding to it a Challenge Cup Final appearance. They are a club who appear to be growing exponentially.

6. Catalans Dragons – 8,773

Another season of strong crowds reaching its peak in a fantastic semi-final against St Helens which could only be compared to the European atmospheres we see in football in the Champions League. If the club can reach a 10,000 strong average attendance that would be brilliant for the sport.

5. Warrington Wolves – 10,894

The Warrington Wolves are the first team in this list to have a five figure average attendance. One of the biggest clubs in Super League so that average attendance is no surprise. The Halliwell Jones Stadium also hosted England’s game against France mid-season.

4. Hull FC – 12,053

The Black and Whites may have struggled for large parts of the season but their amazing fan base continued to stand out with five figures virtually every week resulting in an average attendance of over 12,000.

3. St Helens – 12,783

The Super League Champions began their home season with defeat against Leeds Rhinos spoiling their World Club Challenge celebrations but that did not deter the fans from attending. The Saints finished with the third highest average attendance.

2. Wigan Warriors – 13,198

Wigan unsurprisingly finished in the top two with a truly impressive average attendance of over 13,000. The Cherry and Whites also produced their highest attendance since 2005 against St Helens on Good Friday.

1. Leeds Rhinos – 13,805

The Rhinos yet again finished the season with the highest average attendance despite a disappointing season that ended without play-off rugby. Their average crowd was just shy of an impressive 14,000.

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