The 12th Kontinental Hockey League’s season started on Sep. 1 with the Opening Cup game between CSKA and Avangard (1-3), with 10,874 attending. A total of 946,327 fans lined up at ticket control of the first 140 games of the season, with an average attendance of 6,759 per game. The previous record belonged to the 2014-15 season, with an average crowd of 6,300.
This attendance is a record not only for September but for all the months before January. The only exception is 2015 August – its 45 games had an average crowd of 6,847 fans.
The average capacity of the arenas involved in the September games was 9,053. This is the third-best result in the League’s history. The record belongs to last year’s December with an average capacity of 9,402.
If talking about the single franchises, the best increase in the average attendance compared to the same period of the 2018-19 season belongs to Barys (+3595 fans on average), followed by Dinamo Minsk (+3077), Kunlun Red Star (+2807), HC Sochi (+2087), and Spartak (+1455).
The average occupancy leaders are Avtomobilist (99.0%), SKA (98.9%), Torpedo (97.6%), Sibir (95.2), and Dinamo Minsk (88.9%).