Rugby.  Top 14: Record crowds in stadiums (and on TV) after 8 days

Rugby. Top 14: Record crowds in stadiums (and on TV) after 8 days

UBB has the best attendance of the Top 14, while La Rochelle is in 3rd place. (© Icon Sports)

and Top 14 is more attractive than ever! It is here National Rugby League (LNR), who says it and proves it by publication, after 8 days, record attendance at the championship of France, up almost 10% compared to the already advanced last season. While television viewers reached by Canal+exclusive broadcaster Top 14, also increased by 12% compared to the 2021-2022 financial year.

“Good results of French clubs and XV France have momentum”

The 2022-2023 season from the Top 14 promises to be fruitful. Really, after 8 days it’s almost there 750,000 viewers (exactly 748,914) who have already watched French Championship matches at the stadiums, i.e. on average 13,373 fans per game. “All-time record”, according to the National Rugby League (LNR).

“Rugby passion is confirmed. The good results of the French clubs and the France XV carry an unprecedented momentum that will take us directly to the 2023 FIFA World Cup. This popular momentum is reflected in the crowds and audiences of the top 14 matches. René Bouscatelpresident of the NRL.

Palm for Bordeaux-Bègles, ahead of Toulouse and La Rochelle

At the top of the crowd with more than 25,000 people in attendance at a home game (25,469) we find Bordeaux-Bègles and his loyal audience from Chaban-Delmas. UBB is closely followed Toulouse and La Rochelle which show an occupancy rate of 100%, with 18,743 and 16,000 spectators per match at the Ernest-Wallon and Marcel-Deflandre, respectively.

Clermont, Toulon, Bayonne and Lyon should not be far behind, attracting between 15,000 and 13,000 spectators to their home games. Also note that 1time5Thursday and 8Thursday Top 14 days gathered more than An average of 14,000 fans.

Canal+ viewers are also on the rise

On the viewing side, the dynamics of the opening of the season are also very positive according to the NRL. Thanks to the exceptional program and especially the prime time on Saturdays and Sundays, Canal+ is total more than 2 million viewers per day on average. The increase is 12% compared to the already growing last season, while the flagship program, the Channel Rugby Club unencrypted saw almost a 30% audience increase on Saturday night!

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“Rugby gradually became one of the “pillars” of Canal+ within the sports offer, which has never been so rich. It is the result of more than 25 years of cooperation,” he clarifies Maxime SaadGroup CEO Channel +. “We experience the Top 14 exclusively and in full on our antennas and almost two seasons with 2 bonus matches, Saturday night and Sunday night, to offer it the most beautiful exhibition. The strong audience growth is a reflection of this new program as our subscribers now watch Top 14 as a series. But it is also the result of the consistent work of the LNR and the clubs to strengthen the value of the competition,” concludes the chairman of the group’s executive board. Canal+.

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