Manchester United face Real Madrid at the 85,454 capacity Santiago Bernabéu Stadium tonight the Champions League round of 16.

Whilst this game is a sell out (although won’t hit the 85k mark because of fewer seats being made available for European games), it is interesting to note that the Spanish giants do struggle to sell out their ground.

Last month for their league game against Real Sociedad their attendance was a pitiful 58,500, meaning the ground was just two thirds full. For their Champions League game against Manchester City, just 67,000 turned up. Their average attendance in the league is just 72,101, with ticket prices ranging from €20 (£17) to €93 (£80).

In contrast, despite having a ground with 10,000 fewer seats, United’s average attendance this season so far is 75,516, with ticket prices ranging from £30 to £52.

The Bernabeu, is never full, the Bernabeu is never full, unless they’re playing Man United, the Bernabeu is never full.

Stats from ESPN.

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