Stormers lure top crowds

2013-08-02 12:16

Cape Town - Despite a decrease in numbers, the Stormers were once again the best supported Super Rugby franchise this season.

According to Die Burger's website, the Stormers attracted an average of 33 545 fans to Newlands this season - more than any other Super Rugby team.

The figure is lower than the 38 123 average they had in 2012 but the figure is slightly skewed as they only attracted 10 451 in their home game - in the pouring rain - against the Kings compared to the 38 363 who watched the Lions play at Newlands last year.

The Bulls' figures were a bit of a shock considering they were the best performing South African team this season, finishing second on the overall log. Their average dropped from 31 783 per game last year to 29 134 in 2013.

The Sharks' figures (down from 23 616 to 19 491) can be attributed to their weak season in which they finished eighth overall.

Despite the Cheetahs having their best season ever by reaching the playoffs, their figures didn't improve much (19 986 per game in 2013 compared to 17 364 in 2012).

Top bosses of the various unions had differing views on why attendance figures were lower this season.

"There is an increase in people watching Super Rugby on TV. They see a number of games per day and simply don't attend the match at the stadium," said Cheetahs CEO Harold Verster.

Rob Wagner, WP Rugby CEO, said the Super Rugby system needs change.

"There are a few factors that are problematic - the format of the competition and its duration, and the fact that you don't play against all teams - and the break for the June Tests.

"The possibility exists that you won't play against the Crusaders or Reds, which will have a huge impact."

New Sharks CEO John Smit said people want to experience something extra on match day.

"It's simply become easier to watch rugby on TV, and apart from good rugby you have to add extras to make the experience of visiting a stadium the most enjoyable for fans," said Smit.

Blue Bulls CEO Barend van Graan said their fans just aren't as interested in watching overseas teams than the local derbies.

Average home attendance for Super Rugby teams:


Stormers - 38 123
Reds - 32 699
Bulls - 31 783
Sharks - 23 616
Waratahs - 20 646
Cheetahs - 17 364
Crusaders - 16 480
Blues - 15 930
Lions - 15 914
Highlanders - 15 866
Chiefs - 14 795
Rebels - 14 051
Hurricanes - 13 979
Brumbies - 13 936
Force - 13 409


Stormers - 33 545
Reds - 31 837
Kings - 31 783
Bulls - 29 134
Blues - 20 354
Cheetahs - 19 986
Sharks - 19 491
Waratahs - 17 036
Crusaders - 14 908
Brumbies - 14 290
Chiefs - 14 081
Highlanders - 13 334
Force - 12 240
Rebels - 11 947
Hurricanes - 10 934


  • Sean Read Crisp - 2013-08-02 12:20

    That's why we're the Newlands Faithful!

      Cliff Bradley - 2013-08-02 12:29

      Sean Read Crisp: We don't run away when the team is in trouble , more than can be said for the Moftus faithfull !!!!!

      BlouMasjien BlouBloed - 2013-08-02 12:44

      In the old days people went to the circus for a freak show, nowadays newlands is the place to go.

      Klippies Coke - 2013-08-02 12:50

      @Bloumasjien... haha, you're probably from Alberton

      Jono Qmann - 2013-08-02 12:52

      ya you right...freaks of nature demolishing sides by 17 points whom is supposedly the best in SA?! But then again...ill rather watch a circus full of freaks than a empty farm with 22 cows!

      BlouMasjien BlouBloed - 2013-08-02 13:02

      Insignificant stats and arguments is a coping mechanism for the stormpies, just like a security blanket to a baby. A comfort object, or security blanket is an item used to provide psychological comfort.

      Omge Klits - 2013-08-02 13:08

      Typical Storemers24 arrogance to claim the crowds were there to watch and support the "Stormers" - when we all know it is not the case.

      Jono Qmann - 2013-08-02 13:20

      not sure what goes on at the farm up in Pretoria but the "circus" crowed in Cape Town is there to support the best show in the world! even through a rough year we still number one on this list! @Bloumasjien...hoe ver het julle famous stat, 3 bekers, julle die jaar gebring? huh? die hierbo is feite en dit gebeur elke jaar...die STATS kom waar LMPA julle sin is maar n ding in die verlede

      Titus Madiba - 2013-08-02 13:20

      Kings third highest in the debut season that is extraordinary, they will be looking to topple the Stormers next year as SA's most supported side......yet no mention at all of this great achievement in the article. Shocking!!

      Jono Qmann - 2013-08-02 13:24

      @ Titus...I agree - they need more praising but you first need to win tomorrow before you can say you gonna beat the Stomers and then you must accept that there will be plenty more at the stadium next year as we will not have back to back bad seasons!

      Cliff Bradley - 2013-08-02 13:28

      Klippies Coke: Danville , he is the Mayor !!!!

      Cliff Bradley - 2013-08-02 13:30

      Omge Klits -Hey Ass Hole , Why Newlands if they not there for the Stormers , Def not the Flou ( Lose To The Brumbies) Nulle !!!!

      Jono Qmann - 2013-08-02 13:33

      sorry retardis...and surely you got something better than that?

      Pieter Thefuture - 2013-08-02 14:31

      @wouter - then they must have been bitterly disapointed the last few seasons - 1 home loss a year in the last 2 years - if you are right they are suckers for punishment.

      Jaco Groenewald - 2013-08-03 07:38

      Yes, the Newlands faithful, who boooo their own team!!!!!!

  • Orrin Mark Faulmann - 2013-08-02 12:24


      Orrin Mark Faulmann - 2013-08-02 12:26

      30-13 .. enough said

      BlouMasjien BlouBloed - 2013-08-02 12:56

      19 years and counting!

      Jono Qmann - 2013-08-02 13:36

      and what do you have between all the mole hills? jealousy is a hard pill to swallow...but then again I am sure you don't spit so shouldn't be that hard for you!

  • BlouMasjien BlouBloed - 2013-08-02 12:27

    What is the relevance of a full stadium? Does it say something about the quality of the entertainment/ entertainer/ team ?

      BlouMasjien BlouBloed - 2013-08-02 12:37

      Can someone please explain me the following example. "It was a weekend to remember for fans of all ages. On Saturday Bon Jovi rocked out to about 70,000 fans at the FNB Stadium. Almost 24 hours later, close to 90,000 Beliebers packed the stadium as Justin Bieber wrapped up the second leg of his first ever South African tour." Who is the better entertainer? Will you associate with the Beliebers or the Bon Jovi fans?

      Hanjo Overes - 2013-08-02 12:42

      good point, but no one is saying that the stormers are a better team because they can draw a bigger crowd, don't be so sensitive. attendance figures are important to determine many aspects that have zero to do with quality of the actual rugby team. you just need to look at where the Kings are positions on that list and the log to get the idea. but whine on if you will.

      Omge Klits - 2013-08-02 13:10

      @Bloumasjien - the Bon Jovi-Bieber argument accurately illustrates that weaker performers draw more crowds - and that this holds true for rugby.

      Simon Berry - 2013-08-02 13:19

      the dof bulls trolls cannot grasp such concepts Hanjo.

      Sky Rider - 2013-08-02 13:19

      Its a question of support. Oh you would not know that. Half full stadium for Bulls knockout game. 30-13

      Pieter Thefuture - 2013-08-02 14:49

      Ahh - but you see pro rugby is about money - full stadiums mean more money - and if you look at the tv numbers as well, the games played by the Stormers averages are much higher than any others teams. Believe me - out of a purely financial standpoint if the bulls dreams come true and the stormers lose a relagation series, Sanzar would make a plan to get the stormers to play the next season - they will lose to many viewers fi they lose the stormers

      Brian Enslin - 2013-08-02 17:16

      @Bloumasjien The supporter stats has clearly disturbed you very much that you saw fit to double post. You are clearly threatened and insecure in your belief that you need to resort to a typical strawman argument in a vane attempt to draw unreal comparisons? This has clearly affected and disappointed you very much. Time for some inward reflection and for you to think why this is bothering you so much? It shouldn't? Unless you are insecure?

  • Delilah Dolittle - 2013-08-02 12:28

    Does the 19491 to the sharks include the poor guy that was brutally murdered by some of his fellow fans?

      Omge Klits - 2013-08-02 13:11

      That would make it 19490 supporters. This isn't Zimbabwe.

      Dave74 - 2013-08-02 13:33

      Stephen, do you know about any updates re the courtcase of this matter? Seems like perpetrators/families are well know in Durbs? I found the media coverage of the matter pretty held back compared to other cases making news in SA. Just asking, as I don't live in Durbs, and not much updates on the web...

      CliveK - 2013-08-02 13:58

      Delilah, only a pink bull could come up with such a sick comment. Pse go back to Samson.

  • Roderick Carelse - 2013-08-02 12:32

    According to these figures, rugby plays the biggest role in SA, we should therefore be the best maybe not all the time but mostly, as is the Kiwis. Proud to be part of a passionate country... # stormers!!!

  • Nuusman Ekke - 2013-08-02 12:53

    Pay so expensive just to watch a game fulk off scrums and kicks and near the and see a player coe up from the benech but get credit fir a fulk game. He plays 20 - 50 min. rugby in ten games but behind his name stand ten games. I go watch some of the rugby atthe casino. Cant pay DSTV or go to the field for above reasons,

      Sky Rider - 2013-08-02 13:24

      or the Default show of braindead decisions

  • Paul Ramncwana - 2013-08-02 12:54

    In the Cape Rugby is not a game it's a lifestyle!!!

      BlouMasjien BlouBloed - 2013-08-02 13:17

      Zero super trophies and one lousy currie cup in 11 years ! What a lifestyle?

      Sky Rider - 2013-08-02 13:25

      If its a joke @Turd then how F%^$#%$ hillarious was the 30-13 show?

      Julius Malememba - 2013-08-02 14:11

      no Koppie for Stompies ... in 18yrs now ... hilarious!!! In the Cape rugby is another way where men can touch other men in the stands and still call themselves "fans" ... or is it -- fa9s

      Paul Ramncwana - 2013-08-02 14:34

      @BlouMasjien you are as good as your last game. Oh sorry you guys choked hard at home!!!!!! lol

  • Pietskiet Springbok - 2013-08-02 13:09

    bad to good 2012/2013diff Stormers -4 578 Sharks -4 125 Waratahs -3 610 Hurricanes -3 045 Bulls -2 649 Highlanders -2 532 Rebels -2 104 Crusaders -1 572 Force -1 169 Reds -862 Chiefs -714 Brumbies 354 Cheetahs 2 622 Blues 4 424

      Pietskiet Springbok - 2013-08-02 13:13

      So the stormpoppies lost more spectators and the Blues gain the most spectators. It doesn't look good for the stormpoppies if you see it this way. Go SA Rugby!!!

      Sky Rider - 2013-08-02 13:30

      Ag shame now you showing your low IQ now Piet

      Pietskiet Springbok - 2013-08-02 13:42

      Einstein sky So stormpoppies goes wild with the highest attendance cool good for them. When some one just shows the difference of losing and gaining spectators. You get a fit about the truth shame it hurts. Well maybe my IQ is low cool no big deal I was called worst but nice try vanilla sky. Go SA Rugby!!! PS Stay away from the booze it not working;)

      Sky Rider - 2013-08-02 14:31

      Tks Piet. I was hoping to get a bite but you very polite. Have not hit the bottle yet but give me a few hrs then I can get a personality

      Pietskiet Springbok - 2013-08-02 14:47

      No really Twakkie aka caravan don't use that excuse it sounds just as bad blaming the ref for the stormpoppies bad coaching staff.:) all jokes on the side it still looks bad. Go SA Rugby!!

      Chrisin Oz - 2013-08-04 10:10

      Scraping the barrel there, pietman? Just remember the Stormers supporters stay until the end of the game. The Bulls lose way more than 4578 so-called "supporters" 10 minutes before the end.

  • Titus Madiba - 2013-08-02 13:21

    Kings third highest in the debut season that is extraordinary, they will be looking to topple the Stormers next year as SA's most supported side......yet no mention at all of this great achievement in the article. Shocking!!

      Pieter Thefuture - 2013-08-02 14:42

      yep, I am sure the kings will have the best attendance by far next year - in the CC first division

  • Nico Eksteen - 2013-08-02 13:39

    Well done Stormers, leading light in SA Rugby. Good on the Kings too, that's why I want them to stay. Others are fair weather supporters especially the guppies and flou nulle. Also the reason why WP are the best supported team in the country. Our supporters are passionate nevermind where they reside in the world.

      Tertius Devereaux - 2013-08-02 14:15

      En die k*kste span ook

  • Haydn Gawronsky - 2013-08-02 13:43

    Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Bulls supporters!

  • Charl du Preez - 2013-08-02 13:45

    Don't look at averages. Look at total count of ticket sales. Seriously, Stormets will do anything to appear to be the best when they really are everything.

      Pieter Thefuture - 2013-08-02 15:10

      I am not sure if these figures include the semis, but lets assume they do - if so the stormers attacted 201 270 people to newlands in the 6 home games they had - if you were to multiply the bulls average by 7 home games, they do indeed have more people in the stands with 203 938. So with a whole extra game loftus managed to lure 2668 more people. Well done bulls - I am sure those 2668 people almost covered the expences of hosting an extra game. If you look at last years numbers when the stormers had an extra home game, they had 266 861 in 7 home games comepared to the bulls 190 698 in 6 games meaning the stormers had 76 163 more people in the stands with the extra game - pretty sure that covered the cost of an extra game.

  • Nico Eksteen - 2013-08-02 13:58

    But not really news, happens every year

  • Rory Petzer - 2013-08-02 14:25

    Numbers should also be expressed as an average percentage of capacity per week.

  • Jammies Jamneck - 2013-08-02 17:47

    Don't count the passing cars passengers at the stadium during a match guys or tv audiences

  • Ran Map - 2013-08-02 19:40

    You can't buy loyalty. Stormers all the way

  • Richard Scully - 2013-08-02 20:01


  • Frankie Harmse - 2013-08-02 21:51

    Reason being for the Stormers the best players in the stand. Tickets quite expensive refs spoil matches and crowd behaviour specially Newlands crowds....

  • Mario Kleynhans - 2013-08-03 19:36

    They never mentioned that the Kings drew 2nd most spectators in SA. But let's go back to Ellis Park where no person will watch the Lions lose next year!

  • Chrisin Oz - 2013-08-03 23:38

    Did they count the Moftus figures when the game started? Because if they counted it with about 20 minutes to go, the number would have been much lower. Not really faithful support.

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