Survey finds Norwich City had highest percentage of stadium capacity outside Premier League last season

The Norwich fans celebrate their side's first goal during the Sky Bet Championship play-off match ag

The Norwich fans celebrate their side's first goal during the Sky Bet Championship play-off match against Ipswich at Carrow Road, Norwich Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City sold the highest percentage of stadium capacity outside of the top flight in English football last season.

The Canaries ranked 10th in the country overall and the highest in the Championship by filling 96.88 per cent of Carrow Road's capacity across the course of the 2014/15 season.

City, who achieved promotion back to the Premier League through the Championship play-off final at Wembley, sold an average of 26,370 for their 24 home league matches – including the victorious play-off semi-final second leg against Ipswich Town – of their 27,220 capacity stadium.

The figures, compiled by Sky Sports, found that Premier League champions Chelsea had the highest percentage, with an average of 41,546 of its 41,623 maximum capacity sold, working out as 99.82pc.

At the other end of the scale, it was League Two club Carlisle United, with 24.04pc of tickets sold for its 18,202-capacity Brunton Park stadium.

City's fierce rivals Ipswich ranked 38th in the country, with an average of 20,001 of Portman Road's capacity of 30,300 being sold (66.01pc) – the 12th highest in the second tier.

The Canaries hosted a total of 632,886 supporters last season, with the highest attendance being 27,005, for the 2-0 victory over the Tractor Boys in March.

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That was up on the 511,404 total from the previous season, although that was for just 19 matches in the Premier League, when City's average attendance was 26,916.

The survey included ticket sales for seats allocated to season tickets, whether occupied or not for individual matches.

Top 10

Club: Av. tickets sold – Capacity (% filled)

Chelsea: 41,546 – 41,623 (99.82)

Swansea: 20,555 – 20,700 (99.30)

Arsenal: 59,992 – 60,432 (99.27)

Man Utd: 75,335 – 76,100 (98.99)

West Ham: 34,871 – 35,333 (98.69)

Spurs: 35,728 – 36,274 (98.49)

Liverpool: 44,659 – 45,362 (98.45)

Leicester: 31,693 – 32,500 (97.52)

QPR: 17,809 – 18,360 (97.00)

Norwich: 26,370 – 27,220 (96.88)

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