Celtic should get a healthy allocation for Lazio visit

By Hamish Carton

September 4, 2019

Celtic should get a pretty healthy allocation for their upcoming trip to Rome, if Lazio’s recent Europa League attendances are anything to go by.

The Italian giants play in the 70,000 capacity Stadio Olimpico but the iconic stadium is set to be pretty sparse when the Hoops visit there on November 7th.

Stats lovers website WorldFootball.net has tracked all of the attendances from last year’s Europa League. The findings begin from the group stage onwards and make pretty heathy reading for Celtic fans.

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The club are listed second in terms of average attendance, only behind finalists Arsenal. Celtic ranked ahead of the likes of Inter Milan, Benfica and Valencia with an average figure of 54,581.

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Lazio may play in one of the biggest stadia in the competition but their apathy for the tournament was showcased in their dismal numbers. They ranked 36th out of the 56 teams that played in the tournament proper, averaging 16,155 per match.

That means there were over 53,000 empty seats at most Lazio Europa League matches last term.

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Fellow Group E side Rennes also played in the competition last season, and fared much better in the attendance table. They averaged 26,318 in their 30,000 stadium.

Celtic should demand large allocation for Lazio visit

The figures don’t make pretty reading for Lazio but they’re sure to enthuse Celtic fans hoping to see the match in the flesh. UEFA rules dictate that home clubs make at least 5% of their capacity available to away fans if the demand is there.

That figure would only equate to around 3,500 tickets for Celtic fans. With far more fans than that expected to travel out to the Italian capital, the club will be hoping that the Italians see sense and hand us a much larger allocation.

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Meanwhile on the pitch, the Celtic squad will just be hoping that, just like the Lazio fans, the team see the competition as a major distraction. And don’t bother to turn up.