May 27, 2017

Canadian Hockey League: 2017-18 CHL location-map, including 2016-17 attendance chart with titles listed.

CHL location-map with 2016-17 attendance chart

By Bill Turianski on 27 May 2017;
-CHL official site, [live scores at top banner]
-Canadian Hockey League (,

Links for 2016-17 attendances (home regular season) (from…
-Ontario Hockey League 2016-17 Attendance Graph.
-Quebec Major Junior Hockey League 2016-17 Attendance Graph.
-Western Hockey League 2016-17 Attendance Graph.

Best percent-capacity figures in the CHL in 2016-17…
Below are the 12 teams in the CHL that were best at filling their arena, in 2016-17. (Best Percent-Capacity, or: Average Attendance divided-by Seated Capacity.) 7 of these teams are in the OHL. 3 of these teams are in the WHL. 2 of these teams are in the QMJHL. The top 2 played to SRO (standing-room-only)…the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the QMJHL, and the Oshawa Generals of the OHL.
#1). Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL): 103.6 percent-capacity (2,228 per game in their 2,150-capacity arena [ie, 78-standing-room-only-customers-per-game]).
#2). Oshawa Generals (OHL): 100.5 percent-capacity (5,209 per game in their 5,180-capacity arena [ie, 29-standing-room-only-customers-per-game]).
#3). London Knights (OHL): 99.5 percent-capacity (9,003 per game in their 9,046-capacity arena).
#4). Kitchener Rangers (OHL): 98.3 percent-capacity (7,015 per game in their 7,131-capacity arena).
#5). Kelowna Rockets (WHL): 93.7 percent-capacity (5,162 per game in their 5,507-capacity arena).
#6). Niagara IceDogs (OHL): 90.6 percent-capacity (4,804 per game in their 5,300-capacity arena).
#7). Barrie Colts (OHL): 88.4 percent-capacity (3,709 per game in their 4,195-capacity arena).
#8). Guelph Storm (OHL): 86.1 percent-capacity (4,063 per game in their 4,715-capacity arena).
#9). Shawingan Cataractes (QMJHL): 85.9 percent-capacity (3,545 per game in their 4,125-capacity arena).
#10). Regina Pats (WHL): 84.1 percent-capacity (5,456 per game in their 6,484-capacity arena).
#11). Owen Sound Attack (OHL): 82.8 percent-capacity (2,898 per game in their 3,500-capacity arena).
#12). Prince Albert Raiders (WHL): 82.6 percent-capacity (2,133 per game in their 2,580-capacity arena).
Thanks to all at the following links…
-List of Memorial Cup champions/Tournament appearances by current CHL teams.
-WHL/ Ed Chynoweth Cup.
-OHL/ J. Ross Robertson Cup.
-QMJHL/ President’s Cup (
-Hockey Data

May 17, 2017

2017 CHL Memorial Cup tournament (in Windsor, Ontario/ May 19 to May 28) – the 4 teams: Windsor Spitfires (host team), Erie Otters (OHL), Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL), Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL): photo-illustrations with standout players in 2016-17.

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By Bill Turianski on 17 May 2017;
-2017 CHL Memorial Cup (
-CHL official site,

Windsor, Ontario will host the 2017 Memorial Cup…
The 2017 Memorial Cup tournament will be held at the 6,450-capacity WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ontario, with the OHL’s Windsor Spitfires the host-team. Windsor is just across the border from Detroit, Michigan {see illustration below}. The tournament will run from May 19th to May 28th, 2017. Here is a preview, from the Hockey,
2017 Memorial Cup Teams Preview (by David Jewell on Wednesday May 17 2017 at

    the 4 teams that have qualified for the 2017 CHL Memorial Cup tournament…
    Windsor Spitfires (host team) , Erie Otters (OHL), Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL), Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)…

Host team: Windsor Spitfires…
Windsor Spitfires, host of 2017 CHL Memorial Cup tournament…
Photo and Image credits above -
Windsor Spitfires logos/info via
Windsor home jersey, illustration from Night-time shot of downtown Windsor with Detroit skyline in background, photo by Owen Wolter at via View of Windsor skyline, photo by Tim Fraser/Windsor Star via Exterior-shot of WFCU Centre, photo from Interior-shot of WFCU Centre [ca. 2009], photo by Kevin Jordan at
Players…Jeremy Bracco, photo by Tim Jarrold at [2017]. Mikhail Sergachev, photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images via Michael DiPietro, photo by Jason Kryk/Windsor Star at

Erie Otters (OHL champions in 2017).
From The Hockey, Celebrating the Erie Otters’ OHL Championship (by Mark Scheg on May 13 2017, at
Otters’ jersey illustration, from Erie (aerial shot), unattributed at Erie Insurance Arena, photo from jpg. Game-action photo, by MountaindewPSU at
Players: Dylan Strome-3AZ, photo by Terry Wilson/OHL via Alex DeBrincat-39Chi, photo by Keith Dotson/OHL at jpg. Taylor Raddysh-58Tam, photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images North America via Anthony Cirelli-72TB, photo by Claus Anderson at Darren Raddysh-un, photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images via jpg. Warren Foegele, photo by Dave Mead Photography via On-ice post-game celebration, photo by Dan Hickling/OHL Images via Anthony Cirelli holds Robertson Trophy aloft, photo by Greg Wohlford/ETN at Erie players celebratory pose, photo by Dan Hickling/OHL Images via jpg.

Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL champions in 2017).
From, Saint John Sea Dogs are 2017 QMJHL Champions ( on May 11 2017).
Photo and Image credits above -
Sea Dogs jersey, photo from; illustration from Saint John near arena, photo by Jaroslaw Binczarowski File:Stjohnpanoramo.jpg ( Harbour Station, photo by Andrew Touchakis Photography from Saint John skyline at twilight, photo by DDD DDD~commonswiki at File:Saint_John,_NB,_skyline_at_dusk5.jpg (
Players: Mathieu Joseph, photo from Matthew Highmore, photo by François Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images North America via
Thomas Chabot , photo unattributed at Callum Booth, photo from Team photo after title-win, photo by Vincent Ethier/LHJMQ Média at

Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL champions in 2017).
From the Seattle Times, Seattle Thunderbirds beat Regina in OT to take WHL title ( on May 14 2017).
Photo and Image credits above -
Thunderbirds’ jersey illustration, from
Aerial shot of Kent, WA with Mt. Rainier in background, photo from City of Kent, Washington at ShoWare Center, two exterior-shots, photos by Lara Swimmer at
Players: Keegan Kolesar, photo by Doug Westcott via Mathew Barzal, photo unattributed at Ethan Bear, photo from Stankowski, photo from Alexander True scoring winner in OT, photo by Keith Hershmiller at On-ice celebration, photo by Troy Fleece/Regina Leader-Post via

Thanks to the contributors at the following limks…
- Western Hockey League;
-Ontario Hockey League;
-Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
-Canadian metro-areas.
-USA metro-areas (
-Thanks to The Hockey site, now on my blogroll, at
-Thanks to the fine site known as Elite (Hockey Prospects), for player info…

May 5, 2017

Australian rules football – the Australian Football League (AFL), 2017 location-map, with map showing all venues (17 venues) for 2017 AFL season; plus 2016 attendance figures & titles list./+ Illustration for the 2016 Grand Final champions – Western Bulldogs.

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Australian rules football: Australian Football League (AFL), 2017 location-map, with with map showing all venues for 2017 AFL season; plus 2016 attendance figures & titles list

By Bill Turianski on 5 May 2017;

-AFL official site
-2017 AFL season (
-Aussie rules scores/fixtures/ladder,
-If you are new to Aussie rules football and would like to see an explanation of the rules, and/or a brief thumbnail-history of the AFL, you can see all that on my first map-and-post on the subject, here:
[from April 2015] Australian rules football – the Australian Football League (AFL), 2015 location-map with: rules (in general), clubs-history-chart, and chart of 2014 attendances with titles listed./ Plus: 2014 champions the Hawthorn Hawks.

    2016 Grand Final champions – Western Bulldogs: their second Premiership (title) and first title in 62 years…

Photo and Image credits above – Jason Johannisen, photo by Tim Carrafa at Tom Boyd, photo by Getty Images via Liam Picken, photo by Graham Denholm/Fairfax Media via Tory Dickson, photo by Alex Coppel at Shot of clinching goal celebration, photo by Phil Hillyard at

    Australian rules football – the Australian Football League (AFL), 2017 location-map, with map showing all venues for 2017 AFL season; plus 2016 attendance figures & titles list.

2017 AFL, location-map with titles chart & attendances…
The main map shows all the venues for the 2017 season (17 venues), plus of course the 18 AFL teams’ crests and their primary-locations. At the far-upper left of the map-page is a small map showing the venue-location in Shanghai, China (see 3 paragraphs below). [Note: if you are confused why the Wikipedia page for the AFL currently shows there being 16 venues (and not 17 venues) for the 2017 AFL season, that is because the (recently-renovated) venue in Ballarat, Victoria is not included there...and the Western Bulldogs will be in fact playing one of their home games there (at the 11-K-capacity Eureka Statium), this season (on 19 August, 2017).]

On the upper-right-hand-side is a chart of all the AFL teams, arranged by titles. The chart lists the 6 following items for each team…

A). Club colours, crest & jersey-pattern.
B). Premiers (titles), with year of last premiership. The most-titled clubs in the AFL are the Essendon Bombers and the Carlton Blues, both of whom have won 16 Premiers (but neither has been AFL champion since 2000).
C). Australian state that the team is located in (10 teams from Victoria; and 2 teams each from: New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia).
D). Year-of-establishment as an AFL team (with Melbourne-to-Sydney franchise-move [of 1981-82] noted).
E). Seasons in the VFL/AFL [2017 will be the 121st season of the VFL/AFL).
F). Premiers-per-season percentage [Premiers (Titles) divided by seasons]. The best percentage is owned by the Brisbane Lions (who have won a Premier every 6.67 seasons) followed by the Hawthorn Hawks (a Premier won every 7.14 seasons), then the Essendon Bombers (a Premier won every 7.37 seasons), then the Carlton Blues (a Premier won every 7.5 seasons), then the Collingwood Magpies (a Premier won every 8 seasons).

Since its founding in 1897, the VFL/AFL has played regular-season matches at 42 different venues…
From the Australian Football League page at Wikipedia…“Throughout the history of the VFL/AFL, there have been a total of 42 different grounds used…/…The largest capacity ground in use is the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), which has a capacity of over 100,000 people, and hosts the Grand Final each year. The MCG is shared by five [of the 10 Melbourne] teams as a home ground, whilst the other grounds used as home venues by multiple teams are Docklands Stadium in Melbourne [four of the 10 Melbourne teams primarily], Adelaide Oval in Adelaide [both Adelaide-based teams], and Subiaco Oval in Perth [both Perth-based teams]. The AFL has had exclusive ownership of Docklands Stadium (commercially known as Etihad Stadium) since late 2016.” (excerpt from Football League/Venues).

Alternate venues for the 2017 AFL regular season…
I have expanded the original location-map I made 2 years ago by including all venues – 17 venues – that will host regular-season games in the 2017 AFL season. (You can also see 16 of the 17 venues at the following link at Wikipedia: venues used during the 2017 AFL season.) Included in that list of venues is a stadium in Shanghai, China: the 25,000-capacity Jiangwan Stadium, which will be re-configured to host Aussie rules football with a temporary-15-K-capacity, and will host a regular-season AFL match between the Port Adelaide Power and the Gold Coast Suns, on 14 May 2017.
-See this, Port, Suns to face off in Shanghai in round eight clash (by Dinny Navaratnam on 16 Oct. 2016, from
-Also see this, Beating NFL and NBA to the punch: Port Adelaide bring real AFL deal to Shanghai (by Sam Agars on 3 Feb. 2017, from the South China Morning Post at

Aside from AFL regular-season games played previously in New Zealand, this will be the AFL’s first overseas regular-season match [ie, outside of Austalasia]. And, as pointed out in the article from the South China Morning Post linked-to above, the AFL match in Shanghai in May 2017 will be the first regular-season game played in China by any foreign professional league. In other words, the Australian Football League has beaten the NFL and the NBA (and the Premier League, for that matter), in being the first foreign major league to play a regular season game in the potentially-vastly-lucrative market that is China.

Many AFL teams regularly play matches outside of their home venues…

The Hawthorn Hawks and the North Melbourne Kangaroos both play a considerable percentage of their home regular-season games in the State of Tasmania (which is the southern-most of the 6 Australian States, and is an island located 240 km (150 mi) to the south of the Australian mainland). For 17 years now (since 2001), the Hawthorne Hawks have played some of their regular-season home matches in Launceston, Tasmania (which has a population of only around 86,000). There, Hawthorn play at York Park [aka the University of Tasmania Stadium], which has a capacity of 21,000. These days Hawthorn play four of their eleven home regular-season matches there. If Hawthorne played all their home matches at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (and not just 7 of their 11 home matches at the MCG), they would probably draw at-or-near-to the highest in the AFL. Because when you do the math, the 13.8 K per game they drew in Launceston, Tasmania last season depressed Hawthorne’s average attendance to the point that they were actually drawing highest in the league – on average – for their Melbourne home matches at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (they averaged 49.6 K at the MCG, a figure which is about 2.6 K higher than the 47.0 K that the top-drawing Adelaide Crows drew in 2016). Tasmania Tourism is also a major sponsor of the Hawthorne Hawks (as you can see in the jersey-photo below, with “Tasmania” emblazoned prominently on the Hawks’ gear).
Photo credits above – Photo of Launceston, Tasmania unattributed at Photo inside York Park, Launceston, Tasmania for Hawthorne Hawks match, photo by city of Launceston at Hawthorne 2017 jersey, photo from

Another AFL team that plays in Tasmania is the North Melbourne Kangaroos…
Since 2012, the North Melbourne Kangaroos have played three of their eleven home regular-season matches in the Tasmanian capital-city of Hobart (the population of Greater Hobart is around 221,000). There, North Melbourne play at the Bellerive Oval, which has a capacity of 20,000.

To round out all the rest of the alternate home-match-venues for 2017…
-The Melbourne Demons play two of their eleven home regular-season matches in the sparsely-populated Northern Territory, with one match in Darwin, NT and one match in Alice Springs, NT.
-Since 2014, the Western Bulldogs have been playing one of their eleven home regular-season matches in Cairns, York Peninsula, Queensland. Starting in 2017, the Western Bulldogs also will begin playing one other regular-season home match in a venue about 65 miles west of Melbourne, in Ballarat, VIC.
-The newest AFL team, the Greater Western Sydney Giants, play three of their eleven home regular-season games in the Australian capital, in Canberra, ACT.

In all but the latter of these alternate-home-venues mentioned above, the shift in venue means a considerable decrease in the teams’ average attendances. But the teams see the benefits of lucrative sponsorship deals and expanded team-support, and these things outweigh the ticket-revenue-shortfalls of the alternate-venues. And likewise, with respect to the game being played in China…if the match in Shanghai works out well for the Port Adelaide Power – and for the AFL in general – then it is very probable that a regular-season game in China will become an annual feature of the Australian Football League.

Sources for map page:
Thanks to all at these links…
-Attendances (2016 season): 2016 Australian football code crowds/Attendances by club (
-Dates of establishment: Australian Football League/Current clubs.
-Titles: List of Australian Football League premiers. (
-Rules: Australian rules football; Australian rules football playing field (

-Blank maps on map page…
-Thanks to Ssolbergj for globe-map of Australia, File:Australia (orthographic projection).svg (
-Thanks to NordNordWest for blank map of Australia, File:Australia location map.svg (’-Thanks to TUBS for blank map of China showing Shanghai, File:Shanghai in China (+all claims hatched).svg.

-Jersey Icons…Thanks to thejoesbloggsblog for most of the jersey-pattern icons on the chart on the map page at Australian Football League/Current clubs ( Thanks to the AFLstore for Western Eagles’ jersey-icon,

-Thanks to Port Adelaide FC’s twitter-feed,, for the article from the South China Morning Post.
-For general historical info, thanks to
-Thanks to the contributors at Australian Football League (
-Thanks to AFL Tables site for attendances and for all-time list of AFL venues,

April 23, 2017

Mexico: 2017 Liga Mexicana de Béisbol (LMB) (Mexican League), location-map/attendance-map (2016 figures), with active-clubs titles list./ + Top three drawing teams (Monterrey, Tijuana, Yucatán).

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Mexico: 2017 Liga Mexicana de Béisbol (LMB) (Mexican League), location-map/attendance-map (2016 figures), with active-clubs titles list

By Bill Turianski on 23 April 2017;

-Current teams…Mexican League/Current teams (
-Equipos temporada…Liga Mexicana de Béisbol/Equipos temporada (
-2016 Mexican League attendance…Mexican League: Attendance [set at 2016/sortable for current attendances & archived back to -2005] (
-2016 attendances for all 15 MiLB leagues which report attendance figures (incl. Mexican League) [ie, all leagues within Organized Baseball from Rookie leagues up through A-League, Double-A, and Triple-A which report attendances]…
-Mexican League scores, standings, schedule… [Liga Mexicana de Béisbol (Mexican League)] (official site).
-My first map & post on Mexican League baseball (from 2011), which includes more info on teams and uniforms, Baseball in Mexico: Liga Mexicana de Béisbol (Mexican League), 2011.

    The top three drawing béisbol teams in the Mexican League (Monterrey, Tijuana, Yucatán)…

Sultanes de Monterrey: best-drawing team in the Mexican League for 5 years (2012-16)
Despite being not the largest, or even the second-largest city in Mexico, Monterrey is the home of the highest-drawing Mexican béisbol team, the Sultanes de Monterrey. (Monterrey is also the home of the 2 highest-drawing 1st division Mexican fútbol teams (CF Monterrey, and Tigres UANL) {see this map, with attendance figures, of Liga MX that I made earlier in 2017}.)

The Sultanes de Monterrey have led the Mexican League in attendance for 5 straight seasons now (2012-16), replacing Saltillo as the top draw. The Sultanes drew 12.7 K per game in 2016. The Sultanes’ stadium, Estadio de Béisbol Monterrey (aka Estadio Mobil Super) is the largest baseball venue in Mexico (capacity 27,000). The city of Monterrey is in the state of Nueva León, and has a metro-area population of around 4.1 million [2010 figure]. {Metropolitan areas of Mexico.}

The Sultanes de Monterrey wear New-York-Yankees-style navy-blue-with-pinstripes. One of their logos mimics the font of the Yankees’ N-Y crest (see it below in 3rd photo), while also including the iconic mountain (Cerro de la Silla) that overlooks their ballpark {here’s a recent [2014] shot of their home uniform and with that logo on their batting helmet}.
Photo and Image credits above -
Sultanes de Monterrey cap logo, photo from Aerial shot of stadium with mountain in background, photo by Especial at Aerial shot of Estadio de Béisbol Monterrey, photo unattributed at Interior shot of stadium during a game, photo unattributed at[thread: ARQUITECTURA | Estadios | Información y fotografías. Interior shot during game, photo unattributed at


Toros de Tijuana - a relocated team that has now become the 2nd-best-drawing team in the Mexican League...
The Petroleros de Minatitlán [Minatitlán Oilers] franchise moved to Tijuana after the 2013 season, to become the Toros de Tijuana (II). (The south-central-Gulf-Coast-based Petroleros were one of the lowest-drawing teams in the Mexican League, drawing only in the 1.4-K-to-2.3-K-range in their last 5 seasons.) Now the Toros de Tijuana have become the 2nd-best draw in the Mexican League. The Toros drew 9.3 K per game in 2016, in their ballpark, the 16-K-capacity Estadio Gasmart.

Tijuana is, of course, right across the border from San Diego, California, and is actually part of the Greater San Diego/Tijuana metro-area. Tijuana, located in the state of Baja California, is the 6th-largest metro-area in Mexico (with a population of around 1.7 million [2010 figure]).

The Toros de Tijuana wear black-and-deep-red colors.
Photo and Image credits above -
Aerial shot of Estadio Gasmart, photo unattributed at Shot of main stands at Estadio Gasmart, photo unattributed at Shot of outfield terrace area at Estadio Gasmart, with glass-walled-outfield-fence, photo from Cropped image of 2017 black Toros jersey, photo by

Leones de Yucatán: after renovating their ballpark, they have almost doubled their crowd-size (from 4.6 K to 9.1 K, in two years)…
The Leones (Lions) are from the city of Mérida, which in the state of Yucatán, in southeastern Mexico. Mérida is the 12th-largest metro-area in the country (with a population of around 970,000 [2010 figure]).

In 2015, after renovating their ballpark (the 16-K-capacity Parque Kukulcán Alamo), the Leones de Yucatán almost doubled their attendance, going from 4.6 K per game in 2014, to 8.9 K per game in 2015. Then in 2016, they saw a bit more of an increase in crowd-size, drawing 9.1 K per game.

The Leones de Yucatán wear dark-green-and-orange colors, and they also have an alternate color-scheme of dark-green-and bright-neon-green.
Photo and Image credits above -
Renovation of El Kukulcán Álamo, photos unattributed at[17 March 2016]. Large crowd at El Kukulcán Álamo stadium circa June 2015, photo unattributed at Night game. photo unattributed at
Thanks to all at the following links…
-Globe-map of Mexico, by Addicted04 at File:MEX orthographic.svg at Mexico (
-Map of Mexico, by Yavidaxiu at File:Mexico blank.svg (

Some circular-cap-logos on the map include photos or banner illustrations, from the following links…
-Toros de Tijuana (Tijuana Toros), illustration of T-J logo, from banner at
-Saraperos de Saltillo (Saltillo Sarape Makers) teal home cap, photo of Gothic-S-with-sarape logo from
-Vaqueros Unión Laguna, photo from jpg
-Delfines de Ciudad del Carmen (Ciudad del Carmen Dolphins) dark-purple home cap, photo of bright-green-C [part of the logo], from
-Guerreros de Oaxaca (Oaxaca Warriors), photo of the O-a-x logo on home cap from
-Piratas de Campeche (Campeche Pirates), photo of logo, from
-Generales de Durango (Durango Generals), photo of home cap logo, from
-Bravos de Leon, photo of home cap logo, from
-Tigres de Quintana Roo (Quintana Roo Tigers), photo of cap logo from .
-Rojos del Águila de Veracruz (Veracruz Red Eagles), photo of cap logo from

-Team info, etc…
Mexican League [Liga Mexicana de Béisbol] (

April 16, 2017

Australia, National Rugby League: NRL attendance chart for 2016 regular season (with 2016 finishes listed)/+ the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks (1st title) – the 2016 NRL Premiers (champions).

Filed under: Australia,Rugby,Rugby>Australia — admin @ 7:51 pm

-Official site…
-2017 season (teams, etc)… 2017 NRL season (
-Australia’s leading sports opinion site’s rugby league page…
-The bums on seats truth about the NRL draw (by Jason Hoskins on Oct. 27 2016 at

-My map-&-post of NRL (May 2015), featuring location-maps of NRL teams, plus an article: History of First Division Rugby League in Australia (1908 to 2014) [including the Super League war of the late 1990s],
Australia (and New Zealand): National Rugby League (NRL) – 2015 location-map(s) with attendance-&-titles-chart.

By Bill Turianski on 16 April 2017;

Chart by figures from[2016 NRL attendance].

    Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks: 2016 NRL Premiers (champions)…

The Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks were established as an NRL expansion-team in 1967. In the Sharks’ 50th season, in 2016, they won their first NRL premiership (title). Cronulla-Sutherland’s 50-season title-drought was the longest ever, in Australian rugby league history (since 1908/ List of Premierships, here). Below is Cronulla, in Sutherland Shire, which is a local government area in the southern part of Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Further below is action from the 2016 NRL Grand Final (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 14, Melbourne Storm 12)…


Photo and Image credits above -
Aerial shot of Cronulla by Endeavour Field, photo unattributed at Endeavor Field at night, photo unattributed at Sydney neighborhoods, map from via

Cronulla & Melbourne kit illustrations, from Screenshot of Cronulla fans at Grand Final, image from video uploaded by Rugby League/Union at Ben Barba, photo from Screenshot of Jesse Bromwich scoring a try, image from video uploaded by Rugby League/Union at Will Chambers scoring try to give Melbourne the lead, photo unattributed at Andrew Fifita, breaking tackles, photo by Photosport via Andrew Fifita about to score the match-winning try, photo unattributed at Andrew Fifita scoring the match-winning try, photo by John Veage via Cronulla’s trophy-celebration at Endeavour Field the following day, with captain Paul Gallen and Man-of-the-Match-winner Luke Lewis holding the trophy aloft, while Sharks fans cheer behind them, photo by Greg Porteus at

Thanks to the contributors at National Rugby League (
A Big Thanks to[2016 NRL attendance], for the pretty-hard-to-find NRL attendance figures.

April 2, 2017

MLB: Paid-Attendance (tickets-sold) map for 2016 (home/regular season average tickets-sold), including change from 2015 and percent-capacity figures./+ Illustration for: Toronto Blue Jays: 12.5-K-attendance-increase in 2 year span./+ Illustration for: Chicago Cubs (2016 World Series champions).

MLB: Paid Attendance (tickets-sold) map for 2016 (home/regular season average tickets-sold), including change from 2015 and percent-capacity figures

By Bill Turianski on 2 April 2017;

-Official site…
-Teams, etc…Major League Baseball (
-[Current] MLB attendance at ESPN…MLB Attendance Report [current] (
-2016 MLB attendance at ESPN…MLB Attendance Report – 2016 (
-Attendance change (2016 v. 2015)…Change in Baseball Attendance (2016 vs. 2015) (

-From Baseball…2016 MLB Ballpark Attendance [with notes] (

-From…MLB Hits 73.159 Million In Attendance, 11th Highest All-Time, Down Slightly From 2015 (by Maury Brown at

-From Waiting For Next…Let’s talk about Cleveland Indians attendance (by Jacob Rosen at

    For the fourth-straight season, the Los Angeles Dodgers had the highest average paid-attendance, at 45,719 per game.

Last season [2016], the Dodgers drew 45.7 K, and played to 81.6 percent-capacity at Dodger Stadium. And also for the 4th-straight year, the St. Louis Cardinals had the second-highest attendance, at 42.5 K at Busch Stadium (III). The San Francisco Giants filled their ballpark, AT&T park, the best, at 99.1 percent-capacity, and they drew 41.5 K (the 4th-highest attendance). Three other teams also played to near-full-capacity…the St. Louis Cardinals at 96.7 precent-capacity, the Chicago Cubs at 96.6 percent-capacity at the renovated Wrigley Field, and the Boston Red Sox at 96.1 percent-capacity at Fenway Park. The 5th-best at filling their venue was the Toronto Blue Jays, who played to an 84.9 percent-capacity, and have now increased their crowds at Rogers Centre [aka Skydome] by over 12 thousand per game in the past two seasons [since 2014] (see below)…

Best attendance increases in 2016…2016 average paid-attendance versus 2015 average paid-attendance [with attendance-rank shown]…
Toronto Blue Jays +7,376…41,880 in 2016 [#3] vs. 34,504 in 2015 [#8].
Chicago Cubs +3,366…39,906 in 2016 [#5] vs. 36,540 in 2015 [#6].
New York Mets +3,145…34,870 in 2016 [#9] vs. 31,725 [#12].
Texas Rangers +2,698…33,461 in 2016 [#10] vs. 30,763 [#16].
Houston Astros +1,889…28,476 in 2016 [#17] vs. 26,587 [#22].
Cleveland Indians +1,844…19,650 in 2016 [#28] vs. 17,806 in 2015 [#29].

Toronto Blue Jays: 12.5 K attendance increase in 2 years…
Not only did Toronto have a 7.37 K increase in attendance in 2016, Toronto had a 5.17 K increase in 2015 (versus 29,327 per game in 2014). So, that means the Toronto Blue Jays have increased their paid-attendance by a little over 12,500 per game in two years! Talk about reviving a moribund franchise. That just goes to show you that investing in a competitive team (as the Blue Jays have done these past 3 seasons) usually pays off at the turnstile. (Usually, but definitely not in the case of the Cleveland Indians, who had a banner season in 2016, winning the AL pennant and coming up just short of a championship, yet the Tribe failed to even draw 20 K per game during the regular season. Cleveland is simply NOT a baseball town; see link to article on the Indians’ bad attendance, further above. But I digress.)

In 2016, Toronto drew over 3 million for the first time in 23 years. [Note: drawing over 3 million means the team averages above 36.5 K per game.] As the following article at SB Nation points out, “comparing 2016 to 2014, average attendance at Rogers Centre was up 43%, or over 1,000,000 fans for the season.” (quote by Jon Shell from this article: A Business Case For A Much Higher Payroll at from Nov. 6 2016).

Photo and Image credits above –
Blue Jays home cap, illustration from Aerial shot of CN Tower and Rogers Centre, photo by Exterior shot of Rogers Centre at night, photo by Empty Quarter at Toronto Flickr Pool via Aerial shot of Rogers Centre, photo unattributed at Shot of full house at Rogers Centre [circa 2015], photo unattributed at Fans cheering at Rogers Centre during 2015 playoffs, photo by Darren Calabrese/The Canadian Press via

Notes on stadium capacities…
-Boston Red Sox’ Fenway Park has different capacities for night games (37,673) and day games (37,227). {See this article I wrote from 2016/scroll half-way down text for Fenway section}.
-Chicago Cubs’ Wrigley Field has been undergoing extensive renovations, and the renovations are planned to continue on up to spring 2019. In 2016, capacity was increased slightly, by 329, from 40,929 to 41,268. The capacity will most likely change again in the next 2-to-3 years, but probably not by a significant amount.
-Atlanta Braves played their final season at Turner Field in Atlanta in 2016. The team has moved into the suburbs, into Cumberland, Cobb County, GA (10 miles NW of downtown Atlanta). Their new ballpark, SunTrust Park, will have a capacity of 41,500. (That is a significant capacity-reduction, of around 4.4 K, as Turner Field’s seated-capacity was 45,986.)
-Both the teams below (Oakland and Tampa Bay) have tarps covering their upper-deck seats, which doesn’t change the fact that those seats are empty… Coliseum, home of the Oakland Athletics, has tarps covering the upper decks for MLB games, making the seating “capacity” for baseball 35,067, which is about 20,800 less than the real capacity (real seating capacity of the stadium is 55,945). (That would make them having a real 2016 percent-capacity figure of around 33.5.)
-Tropicana Field, home of the Tampa Bay Rays, has tarps covering the upper decks for MLB games, making the seating “capacity” for baseball 31,042, which is about 11,600 less than the real capacity (real seating capacity of the stadium is 42,735). (That would make them having a real 2016 percent-capacity figure of around 37.1.).

    Chicago Cubs – 2016 World Series winners (the Cubs’ first World Series title in 108 years)…

Best Cubs players in 2016 as measured by WAR (wins after replacement)…
Kris Bryant (3B) 7.7 WAR (39 HR, 121 RBI, .385 OBP).
Anthony Rizzo (1B) 5.7 WAR (32 HR, 109 RBI, .385 OBP).
Jon Lester (LHP) 5.2 WAR (19-5, 2.44 ERA, 202.7 IP).
Kyle Hendricks (RHP) 4.9 WAR (16-8, 2.13 ERA, 190 IP).
Addison Russell (SS) 4.3 WAR (21 HR, 95 RBI, .321 OBP).

Cubs win ! Cubs win ! Cubs win !
Photo and Image credits above -
Aerial shot of Wrigley Field with “CHAMPIONS” displayed on jumbotron-scoreboard, photo by Nick Ulivieri at
Joe Maddon, photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images North America via
Kris Bryant, screenshot from video (uploaded by Sporting Videos at
Anthony Rizzo, photos by John Durr/Getty Images North America via &
Jon Lester, photo by David Kohl/USA Today via
Kyle Hendricks, photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images North America via
Addison Russell, photo by Elsa/Gety Images via aru
Shot of Cubs players and coaching staff after game 5 win over Dodgers in 2016 NLCS (with traveling Cubs fans’ “W” banners held aloft in background), photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images via Shot of Cubs players’ celebration after final out, photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images via Shot of Cubs fans outside Wrigley after final out, screenshot of NBC News video, at Shot of Javier Báez stealing home (v Dodgers in Game 1 of NLCS), photo by AP at Shot of Ben Zobrist on 2nd base, after doubling in lead run in 10th inning of WS Game 7, photo by Al Tielemans at Shot of brick wall outside of Wrigley that fans decorated with chalk and paint, photo by Nick Ulivieri at

Thanks to NuclearVacuum for the blank map, File:BlankMap-North America-Subdivisions.svg (
Thanks to ESPN for attendances & percent capacities,
Thanks to Chris Creamer’s Sports, for several (~17) of the cap logos,
Thanks to, for stats.
Thanks to the contributors at,

March 22, 2017

2017 NCAA Division I Hockey Tournament: the 16 teams that qualified. With 2016-17 attendance figures & percent-capacity figures. + All-time D1 Titles-&-Frozen-Four list./+ Update: the 2017 Frozen Four: Denver Pioneers, Harvard Crimson, Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs, Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Filed under: Hockey,NCAA, ice hockey — admin @ 8:24 pm

2017 NCAA Division I Hockey Tournament: the 16 teams that qualified. With 2016-17 attendance figures & percent-capacity figures. + All-time D1 Titles-&-Frozen-Four list
By Bill Turianski on 22 & 27 March, 2017.

-Here is the Bracket (

Update [Monday March 27 at 2:00pm ET]…

    The 2017 Frozen Four:
    Denver Pioneers, Harvard Crimson, Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs, Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Denver Pioneers…
Path to 2017 Frozen Four – 1R: Denver 5, Michigan Tech 2. 2R: Denver 6, Penn State 3.
Denver’s second-straight and 16th Frozen Four appearance.
Photo and Image credits above – Action shot, photo by Angelo Delfuso at On-ice celebration, photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post at Team-photo celebration, photo by Shawn Conkle at Alternate script logo from

Harvard Crimson…
Path to 2017 Frozen Four – 1R: Harvard 3, Providence 0. 2R: Harvard 3, Air Force 2.
Harvard’s 13th Frozen Four appearance (previously: 1994).
Photo and Image credits above – Shot of Harvard goalie Merrick Madsen (31) during the first period, photo by Stew Milne via Shot of final-buzzer/on-ice-celebration, photo by Melissa Wade . Shot of team with H-crest-banner, photo by Thomas W. Franck at Shield-template to make Harvard VE-RI-TAS hockey jersey shoulder-patch-logo: at


Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs…
Path to 2017 Frozen Four – 1R: Minnesota-Duluth 3, Ohio State 2 (OT). 2R: Minnesota-Duluth 3, Boston University 2 (OT).
Minnesota-Duluth’s 5th Frozen Four appearance (previously: 2011).
Photo and Image credits above – Adam Johnson OT winning goal celebration, screenshot of image from video at 1st photo by Carlos Osorio/AP via 2nd photo by Jim Rosvold at Jersey logo and jersey-shoulder=patch-logo, photos by

Notre Dame Fighting Irish…
Path to 2017 Frozen Four – 1R: Notre Dame 3, Providence 2. 2R: Notre Dame 3, UMass-Lowell 2 (OT).
Notre Dame’s 3rd Frozen Four appearance (previously: 2011).
Photo and Image credits above -Andrew Oglevie after scoring, photo by Richard T. Gagnon/Getty Images via 2 shots of OT celebration, photos by Elizabeth Frantz/Concord Monitor at Shot of celebratory pile-on, photo by Richard T. Gagnon at Clover pants-logo (2016-17 gear), drawn from template at Colors: image from

#1-seeds: Denver (1), Minnesota-Duluth (2), Harvard (3), Minnesota (4).

Here is the breakdown of the 16 teams, by conference…
NCHC – 4 teams…conference-winner (Minnesota-Duluth/#1-seed) + 3 at-large bids (Denver/#1-seed), (Western Michigan/#2-seed), (North Dakota/#3-seed).
Hockey East – 4 teams…conference-winner (UMass-Lowell/#2-seed) + 3 at-large bids (Boston University/#2-seed), (Notre Dame/#4-seed), (Providence/#4-seed).
ECAC – 3 teams…conference-winner (Harvard/#1-seed), + 2 at-large bids (Union College/#2-seed), (Cornell/#3-seed).
Big Ten – 3 teams…conference-winner (Penn State/#3-seed), + 2 at-large bids (Minnesota/#1-seed), (Ohio State/#4-seed).
WCHA – 1 team…conference-winner (Michigan Tech/#4-seed).
Atlantic – 1 team…conference-winner (Air Force/#3-seed).

I will have an update for this post on Monday the 27th, with small illustrations featuring the 4 teams that have made it to the 2017 Frozen Four (like I have been doing for the past 5 years/ here is last year’s Frozen Four (Boston College, Denver, North Dakota, Quinnipiac). I will also update the Frozen Four list on the map page.
Thanks to all at the following links…
-Thanks to AMK1211 for blank map of USA, ‘File:Blank US Map with borders.svg”>File:Blank US Map with borders.svg‘ (
-Thanks to Two Hearted River at[each teams' page at Wikipedia], for small segments of jersey illustrations of several teams (Wisconsin, Minnesota-Duluth, Cornell, Maine, Minnesota State, Vermont, Yale, UMass, Western Michigan, Canisius College, American International), such as at File:ECAC-Uniform-Cornell.png.
-Thanks to USCHO site for attendance data, Men’s Division I Hockey Attendance: 2016-2017 (

March 12, 2017

2017 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament (aka March Madness) – the 68 teams: map, with team locations & 2015-16 average attendances listed.

Filed under: NCAA Men's Basketball — admin @ 10:59 pm

2017 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament (aka March Madness) – the 68 teams: map, with team locations & 2015-16 average attendances listed

By Bill Turianski on 12 March 2017;

-Teams, etc…2017 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament.
-Scores…Div I college bk scores (

-From the FiveThirtyEight, The NCAA Is Modernizing The Way It Picks March Madness Teams
For 40 years, the selection process relied way too much on strength of schedule. Now the league is ready to rethink that system
(by Neil Paine on February 15 2017 at

Below: articles on the five teams in 2017 that have qualified for March Madness for the first time (Jacksonville State, North Dakota, Northern Kentucky, Northwestern, UC-Davis)…
-From, Jacksonville State headed to NCAA tournament for first time after 66-55 win over UT-Martin (by Creg Stephenson on March 11 2017 at
-From the Grand Forks Herald, VIDEO: UND headed to Big Dance after OT win in Big Sky title game (by Wayne Nelson on March 12 2017 at
-From, Northern Kentucky Makes NCAA Tournament In First Season Of Eligibility (by Patrick Redford on March 8 2017 at
-From, Watch: Northwestern fans react to first-ever NCAA tournament bid (March 12 at
-From the Sacramento Bee, UC Davis men’s basketball team earns first trip to NCAA Tournament (by Joseph D’Hippolito on March 11 2017 at

    Teams which qualified for the 2017 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament [aka March Madness]

Listed by: Name. Conference. Location of arena(s)…
Arizona Wildcats. Pac-12. Tucson, AZ.
Arkansas Razorbacks. SEC. Fayetteville, AR.
Baylor Bears. Big 12. Waco, TX.
Bucknell Bison. Patriot League. Lewisburg, PA.
Butler Bulldogs. Big East. Indianapolis, IN.
Cincinnati Bearcats. American Athletic. Cincinnati, OH.
Creighton Bluejays. Big East. Omaha, NE.
Dayton Flyers. Atlantic 10. Dayton, OH.
Duke Blue Devils. ACC. Durham, NC.
East Tennessee State Buccaneers. Southern. Johnson City, TN.
Florida Gators. SEC. Gainesville, FL.
Florida Gulf Coast Eagles. Atlantic Sun. Ft. Myers, FL.
Florida State Seminoles. ACC. Tallahassee, FL.
Gonzaga Bulldogs. West Coast. Spokane, WA.
Iona Gaels. Metro Atlantic (MAAC). New Rochelle, NY.
Iowa State Cyclones. Big 12. Ames, IA.
Jacksonville State Gamecocks. Ohio Valley. Jacksonville, FL.
Kansas Jayhawks. Big 12. Lawrence, KS.
Kansas State Wildcats. Big 12. Manhattan, KS.
Kent State Golden Flashes. Mid-American. Kent, OH.
Kentucky Wildcats. SEC. Lexington, KY.
Louisville Cardinals. ACC. Louisville, KY.
Marquette Golden Eagles. Big East. Milwaukee, WI.
Maryland Terrapins. Big Ten. College Park, MD.
Miami Hurricanes. ACC. Coral Gables, FL.
Michigan Wolverines. Big 10. Ann Arbor, MI.
Michigan State Spartans. Big 10. East Lansing, MI.
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders. Conference-USA. Murfreesboro, TN.
Minnesota Golden Gophers. Big Ten. Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN.
Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers. Northeast. Emmitsburg, MD.
Nevada Wolf Pack. Mountain West. Reno, NV.
New Mexico State Aggies. WAC. Las Cruces, NM.
New Orleans Privateers. Southland. New Orleans, LA.
North Carolina Tar Heels. ACC. Chapel Hill, NC.
North Carolina Central Eagles. MEAC. Durham, NC.
North Dakota Fighting Hawks. Big Sky. Grand Forks, ND.
Northern Kentucky Norse. Horizon. Highland Heights, KY.
Northwestern Wildcats. Big Ten. Evanston, IL.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish. ACC. Notre Dame, IN.
Oklahoma State Cowboys. Big 12. Stillwater, OK.
Oregon Ducks. Pac-12. Eugene, OR.
Princeton Tigers. Ivy League. Princeton, NJ.
Providence Friars. Big East. Providence, RI.
Purdue Boilermakers. Big Ten. West Lafayette, IN.
Rhode Island Rams. Atlantic-10. Kingston, RI.
St. Mary’s Gaels. WCC. Moraga, CA.
Seton Hall Pirates. Big East. East Orange, NJ/Newark, NJ.
South Carolina Gamecocks. SEC. Columbia, SC.
South Dakota State Jackrabbits. Summit. Brookings, SD.
Southern Methodist University [SMU] Mustangs. American Ath. Conf. Dallas, TX.
Texas Southern Tigers. SWAC. Houston, TX.
Troy Trojans. Sun Belt. Troy, AL.
UNC-Wilmington Seahawks. Colonial (CAA). Wilmington, NC.
UC-Davis Aggies. Big West. Davis, CA.
UCLA Bruins. Pac-12. Los Angeles, CA.
USC Trojans. Pac-12. Los Angeles, CA.
Vanderbilt Commodores. SEC. Nashville, TN.
Vermont Catamounts. America East. Burlington, VT.
Villanova Wildcats. Big East. Villanova, PA / Philadelphia, PA.
Virginia Cavaliers. ACC. Charlottesville, VA.
Virginia Commonwealth University [VCU] Rams. Atlantic 10. Richmond, VA.
Virginia Tech Hokies. ACC. Blacksburg, VA.
Wake Forest Demon Deacons. ACC. Winston-Salem, NC.
West Virginia Mountaineers. Big 12. Morgantown, WV.
Wichita State Shockers. Missouri Valley. Wichita, KS.
Winthrop Eagles. Big South. Rock Hill, SC.
Wisconsin Badgers. Big Ten. Madison, WI.
Xavier Musketeers. Big East. Cincinnati, OH.
Thanks to AMK1211 for blank map of USA, ‘File:Blank US Map with borders.svg”>File:Blank US Map with borders.svg‘ (
Thanks to the contributors to the pages at, ‘2016 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament’.

Thanks to NCAA for attendance figures, from 2016 NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL ATTENDANCE (For All NCAA Men’s Varsity Teams) [pdf].

March 4, 2017

2016-17 FA Cup 6th Round (Quarterfinals), map and attendance list with fixtures./+ illustration: Lincoln City are the first Non-League team since 1914 to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals (Burnley 0-1 Lincoln City)./+ illustration: 2016-17 FA Cup 6th Round (Quarterfinals)/8 teams: each team’s manager & their top scorer (goals from all competitions in 2016-17, up to 4 March 2017

Filed under: 2016-17 FA Cup — admin @ 6:40 pm

2016-17 FA Cup 6th Round (Quarterfinals), map and attendance list with fixtures

-The competition…FA Cup (
-Fixtures, results, etc…FA CUP: 6th Round: [fixtures/teams/etc] (
-BBC’s page on the FA Cup…FA Cup (
-FA Cup 2016/17 5th Round Preview (

By Bill Turianski on 4 March 2017;

    2016-17 FA Cup 5th Round: Burnley 0-1 Lincoln City…
    Lincoln City are the first Non-League team since 1914 to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals !

-From Guardian/football, Lincoln City topple Burnley as Sean Raggett seals historic FA Cup shock (by Andy Hunter on 18 Feb. 2017 at
-Goal: Burnley 0-1 Lincoln City, Raggett (89′), (via
-This 1:36 youtube video is brilliant [collection of fan footage], Lincoln City Beats Burnley. Everyone Goes Nuts. (uploaded by oakcreektv at
Photo and Image credits above –
Vanarama (5th division league-sponsors) do a one-off-sponsorship of Lincoln City’s green away jersey for their FA Cup 5th Round tie versus Burnley, photo by Lincoln City Twitter feed at Lincoln DF Sean Raggett heading in the winner (89′), photo by Reuters via Lincoln DF Sean Raggett heading in the winner (89′), photo unattributed at Shot of teammates mobbing Sean Raggett in front of goal, photo by Getty Images via Shot of Raggett jumping for joy following goal as both sets of fans seen with contrasting responses, photo by Getty Images via Sceenshot of Raggett and teammates celebrating with traveling Lincoln fans, image from a Youtube video via Screenshot of Lincoln manager Danny Cowley being congratulated right at the final whistle, image from Lincoln City Beats Burnley. Everyone Goes Nuts. (uploaded by oakcreektv at

    2016-17 FA Cup 6th Round (Quarterfinals)/8 teams…
    Below: each team’s manager & their top scorer (goals from all competitions in 2016-17, up to 4 March 2017)


Photo and Image credits above -
-Arsenal: manager, Arsene Wenger, photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images Europe via Alexis Sánchez (20 goals), photo by Getty Images via
-Chelsea: manager, Antonio Conte, photo by Getty Images via Diego Costa (17 goals), photo by Getty Images via
-Lincoln City: manager, Danny Cowley, photo by Empics Sport via Matt Rhead (13 goals in all competitions), photo by Andrew Vaughan/Camera Sport via
-Manchester City: manager, Pep Guardiola, photo unattributed at Sergio Agüero (22 goals), photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images Europe via
-Manchester United: manager, Jose Mourinho, photo by David Rogers/Getty Images Europe via Zlatan Ibrahimović (26 goals), photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images Europe via
-Middlesbrough: manager, Aitor Karanka, photo by Greig Cowie/BPI/Rex/Shutterstock via Alvaro Negredo (7 goals), photo by Action Images via Reuters via
-Millwall manager, Neil Harris, photo by Millwall FC at Steve Morison (13 goals), photo by Millwall FC at
-Tottenham manager, Mauricio Pochettino, photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images Europe via Harry Kane (22 goals), photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images Europe via
Thanks to all at the links below…
-FA Cup Factfile for info,
-Blank map of UK historic counties, by Nilfanion (using UK Ordnance Survey data), at File:United Kingdom police areas map.svg (
-Blank relief map of Greater London, by Nilfanion (using UK Ordnance Survey data), at File:Greater London UK relief location map.jpg.
-Blank relief map of Greater Manchester, by Nilfanion (using Ordnance Survey data), at File:Greater Manchester UK relief location map.jpg.
-Current average attendance figures from

February 21, 2017

Colombia: Categoría Primera A (Colombia/1st division), location-map with 2016 attendances, and titles listed.

Filed under: Attendance Maps & Charts,Colombia — admin @ 1:21 pm

Colombia: Categoría Primera A (Colombia/1st division), location-map with 2015-16 attendances and titles listed

-Teams, etc…2017 Categoría Primera A season (
-Table, etc…Categoría Primera A – Summary (
-Attendances… ( america).
-Populations [of Colombian cities] (in Spanish)…Anexo:Municipios de Colombia por población (

Format in the Colombian 1st division:
For sponsorship reasons, the Colombian 1st division is currently [2017] called Liga Águila. There are 20 teams in the Colombian top flight, playing in 2 half-seasons each year, with two distinct champions, each coming out of an 8-team play-off round. The two half-seasons are called the Apertura [I] (played from ~early February to late May), and the Finalización [II] (played from ~early July to late November). The play-offs see large crowds in the 30-K range for many matches. Last year [2016], in regular-season matches, the Colombian 1st division averaged around 8.0 K per game, overall. There are about 8 teams in Colombia that can draw above 10-K or more, and the league is filled out with a dozen or so small clubs who draw in the 1-K-to-5-K-range. The 8 biggest clubs will be mentioned below, with crest and current kits shown. Then, further below near the foot of the post, all the small clubs who have won a title since 2000 will be briefly mentioned (4 clubs).

There can be wildly divergent crowd-sizes, year to year…the bigger Colombian clubs can draw very high one season, then have a massive drop in attendance the following year if the team does poorly – like up to seven or eight thousands-per-game drop-offs in crowd size. As for relegation/promotion, it is 2 teams-promoted and 2-teams-relegated per year, with the relegations based on a three-year average (like in Argentina). Just promoted for 2017 are the following two clubs: Colombian giants América de Cali (who have won 13 Colombian titles), and Tigres, a small club from a suburb of Bogotá called Soacha, who are making their top-flight debut in 2017, and who will be playing in a municipal-stadium-share with the another small club from the capial, La Equidad. There are two other stadium-shares in the league, currently. The other two Bogotá-based clubs, Millonarios and Santa Fe (the capital’s biggest two clubs), share the 36-K-capacity Estadio Nemesio Camacho (aka El Campín). Millonarios have been playing there since 1938; Santa Fe since 1952. And the two highest-drawing clubs in the country, Independiente Medellín and Atlético Nacional, both play at the 40-K-capacity Estadio Atanasio Girardot in Medellín, which opened in 1953.

Here is a very simplified history of the 1st division format in Colombia (1948 to 2017).
Although there have been 69 seasons of Colombian 1st Division football played [with 2017 to be the 70th season], there have been 84 Colombian 1st Division titles awarded (from 1948 to 2016).
-From 1948 to 1995, one title per season was awarded (1 title per year)…a February to December schedule (generally).
-Then a European-style schedule was tried (August to May), but that only lasted 2 seasons (in 1995-96 and in 1996-97).
-For the next 4 seasons – 1998 to 2001 – the format reverted back to the original 1 year/1 season format.
-Then in 2002, split seasons were introduced…with the Apertura (I) and Finalización (II) tournaments becoming separate, (two champions per year), but with the season containing both titles. A play-off is used to decide each split-season title (currently: 8-team play-off, with seeded head-to-head match-ups in a bracket-format).

Colombian 1st division: probably the 3rd-best in the Americas…
The Colombian 1st division is considered by most observers to be the third-best fútbol league in South America (or third-best in all the Americas for that matter) – after, of course, Argentina and Brazil {citation, IFFHS site from Jan. 2016}. Another indication of the relative strength of the Colombian 1st division can be seen by the fact that a Colombian club – Atlético Nacional – are the current champions of the most prestigious tournament in South America, the Copa Libertadores…

Atlético Nacional – the 2016 Copa Libertadores champions…
-From World, Tim Vickery’s Notes from South America: Reflections on Atletico Nacional’s Libertadores triumph (from 1 Aug. 2016 by Tim Vickery at
-{My map-and-post for the 2017 Copa Libertadores, featuring an illustration for the 2016 Copa Libertadores champions, Atlético Nacional, here.}
Atlético Nacional beat Ecuador’s Independiente del Valle on 27 July 2016, 2-1 aggregate, for the club’s second Copa Libertadores title. (Atlético Nacional’s first Copa Liberadores title was won in 1989, when they defeated Paraguay’s Olimpia.) For the 2nd leg of the 2016 Finals, in Medellín, there was an overflow crowd of 46 K in the 40-K-capacity Estadio Atanasio Girardot. Atlético Nacional striker Miguel Borja scored in the 7th minute for the winner. Atlético Nacional are one of only two Colombian clubs to have won the Copa Libertadores. (The other Colombian club which has won a Copa Libertadores title is Once Caldas, in 2004/see Once Caldas section further below.)


Atlético Nacional were formed in 1947, one year before the pro era in Colombia began (in 1948). Atlético Nacional wear green-and-white. Their colors are derived from the flag of their home-region, Antioquia Department. Atlético Nacional are from Medellín, which has a metro-area-population of around 2.5 million, and is the 2nd-largest city in the country, after the capital, Bogotá. If you measure by ticket-paying fans, Medellín boasts the two biggest clubs in Colombia, one of which is Atlético Nacional, and the other being their main rival, Independiente (see next section, below). Both can very often draw above 25-K. Atlético Nacional, who draw in the 20K-to-29K-per-game range (most seasons), and who drew 27.9-K in 2016, are also the most-titled club in Colombia, having won the 1st-division title 15 times (last in 2015-II).

The two champions in the Colombian 1st division in 2016: Independiente Medellín and Santa Fe …
Independiente Medellín won the Apertura-2016-I. Independiente wear red-jerseys-with-blue-pants. Independiente are one of the oldest clubs in Colombia, founded over three decades before the professional era there, in 1913. Their original kit featured black shirts, but the club have always sported a red-and-blue-shield device as their crest. At the club’s Spanish Wikipedia page, {here}, you can see Independiente’s original/1913-era crest, as well as a really nice version of the Independiente crest from the late 1990s (that turns the shape of the M in the badge into a symbolized-mountain-range). As mentioned, Independiente share a stadium with, and are the big local rivals of, the aforementioned Atlético Nacional. In terms of fanbase-size, it is hard to say which of the two is the bigger club, because like Atlético Nacional, Independiente also can draw in the mid-20K-to-low-30K-per-game range (and both clubs can definitely draw above 30-K come play-off time). En route to their Apertura title, Independiente ended up drawing highest in Colombia in 2016, at 28.2-K.

Santa Fe are from the capital, Bogotá (the largest city in the country, at around 8.0 million). Santa Fe won the Clausura-2016-II. Santa Fe wear Arsenal-style red-and-white, and sport a wonderfully minimalist crest (it is a simple blank-white-shield, with only their name and a small, red, off-center football on it). Santa Fe were formed in 1941, and 7 years later won the first pro title in Colombia in the inaugural 1948 season; they have won 9 titles (tied for fourth-most, with Deportivo Cali). Santa Fe, who draw between 9K-and-15K (most seasons), and drew 10.4-K in 2016, are not the biggest club in Bogotá – that would be their stadium-share-rivals Millonarios (see next paragraph). Santa Fe and Millonarios, as well as the aforementioned Atlético Nacional, are the only 3 clubs to never have been relegated and to have played every season of Colombian top flight football (70 seasons, including 2017).

Millonarios roots go back to the late 1930s, with a team formed in Bogotá by students of the Colegio San Bartolomé; they began being called Millonarios circa 1939, and the club was officially established in 1947. As their name suggests, Millonarios have historically had the larger share of middle-and-upper-class support amongst football fans in the capital, with Santa Fe having the larger share of working-class support in Bogotá. Millonarios wear blue-and-white, and are the second-most-titled club in Colombia, with 14 titles (last in 2012-II, but also with a recent long title-drought of 24 years, with no titles won between 1988 and 2014). Millonarios can draw between 14K-to-26K, and drew 15.0-K in 2016. And, like the two big Medellín teams, Millonarios can pull 30K+ when in the playoffs. Millonarios’ golden age was also the golden age of Colombian football, a time that has become known as the El Dorado – back in the early 1950s. {Here is an article-with-map that I posted in 2010: Colombia: Categoria Primera A, 2010 season, with a chart of the Colombian all-time champions list, from the professional era, spanning 1948 to 2009-II; and an overview of the El Dorado era (1949-1953).}

Rounding out the list of the 8-highest-drawing/8-most-successful Colombian clubs…
América de Cali are from Cali (the 3rd-largest city in Colombia, at around 2.4 million). America de Cali are known as the Red Devils, and have just won promotion back to the 1st division. America can draw in the mid-20K-range when playing well (and they drew above 30K for their last home matches in late 2016, just before winning promotion). America have won the third-most Colombian titles, with 13 (last in 2008-II). Their best years also happened to coincide with the narco-trafficking era in Colombia (back in the mid-1990s to mid-2000s).

Junior are from up north on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, in Barranquilla (the nation’s 4th-largest city, at around 1.2 million). Being a port city, it was in Barranquilla that Colombian football most likely first began being played, about 110 years ago {see this from the Spanish Wikipedia, A/Historia; translation: ”
It is not known for sure how soccer came to the country, although the first official match was played on March 6, 1908, an organized party and referee in the coastal city of Barranquilla.”}. Junior were formed in 1924, with the name Juventus (which is Latin for “Youth”) – the team was initially comprised mainly of Italian immigrants. By the early 1940s, the club’s name had morphed from Juventus to the Spanish term for youth, Juventude, then to the Anglicized version: Junior. Junior wear Atlético Madrid-style kits (red-and-white-stripes-atop-blue-pants). Junior draw pretty well…between 12K-and-20K (most seasons), and they drew third-best in the country last season, at 19.0-K. Junior have won the sixth-most Colombian titles, with 7 titles (last in 2011-II). Junior were runner-up in the Apertura-2016-I, losing out to Independiente.

Deportivo Cali are also from Cali (like America). Deportivo Cali are one of the oldest Colombian clubs (est. 1908; re-formed 1912), and wear green-and-white. They can draw in the 8K-to-12K range (most seasons), and drew 10.8-K in 2016. Deportivo Cali are one of the few Colombian clubs to own their own stadium, which opened in 2101. They play in the very large (too large, actually, at 52-K) Estadio Deportivo Cali, which is way out on the eastern edge of Greater Cali (in Palmira, which is 28 km/17 mi east of central Cali). Deportivo Cali are tied with Santa Fe for having won the fourth-most Colombian titles, 9 (last in 2015-I).

Once Caldas are from Manizales, which is not very large (it is the 19th-largest city in Colombia, with a population of around 370,000). Manizales is located within the triangle formed by Colombia’s 3 largest cities of Bogotá, Medellín, and Cali. Manizales is an important center of the coffee industry. Once Caldas usually draw around 8-to-9K, and can draw above 10-K in a good season (they drew 9.3-K in 2016). As it says at their Wikipedia page {here}, “The club was founded in 1961 after the fusion of Deportes Caldas and Deportivo Manizales (also known as Once Deportivo).” Once Caldas have won 4 Colombian titles (last in 2010-II). Once Caldas are known as El Blanco (the White), and sport a shield-crest that features the Italian flag. Once Caldas were shock winners of the 2004 Copa Libertadores, coming out of nowhere to beat Argentina’s Boca Juniors in the Finals by a score of 1-1 aggregate/2-0 penalties.

After that, the league roster is filled with about a dozen clubs which can only reach about 4-to-5-K per game in a good season.
But some of these smaller 1st division clubs can actually win titles, and the following 4 clubs all draw regularly below 5-K, yet have managed to win national titles in the 21st century…
-Deportes Tolima are from the 8th-largest city in Colombia, Ibagué (population of around .56 million). Tolima won the 2003-I title, and have been runner-up 6 times, including in the last campaign (in 2016-II, when they lost out to Santa Fe). Like Once Caldas in Manizales, Tolima is located within the triangle formed by Bogotá, Medellín, and Cali. Tolima wear dark-red-with-yellow; they drew 3.7-K in 2016.
-Deportivo Pasto are from Pasto (the 17th-largest city in the country, at about .45 million population). The city of Pasto is situated at the foot of a 1.5-mile-high volcano. Pasto are the southern-most and western-most top-flight club, located in the department of Nariño. Pasto won the 2006-I title. Like Tolima, Pasto also drew 3.7-K last season. They wear red-with-blue.
-Another small club that has won the title in relatively recent times is the currently-2nd-division side Boyacá Chicó, of Tunja (which is a pretty small city of only around 183,000). Boyacá Chicó were formed very recently, in Bogatá, in 2002, then won promotion to the top flight in 2003, then moved 130 km (80 mi) north-east to Tunja, in 2004, then won the 2008-I title. But after 13 seasons in the 1st division, Boyacá Chicó were relegated at the end of 2016.
-Another recent-title-winner currently stuck in the second division is Cúcuta Deportivo, who are from the 6th-largest city in Colombia, Cúcuta (population of around .64 million). Cúcuta Deportivo won the 2006-II title, but have been a bit of a yo-yo club since, and were relegated once again, in 2013.

Thanks to all at the following links…
-Blank map of Colombia by Shadowfox and Alxrk2 at File:Colombia_relief_location_map.jpg.
-Orthographic [globe] map showingh Colombia, by Addicted04 at File:COL orthographic (San Andrés and Providencia special).svg.
-Thanks to World for hard-to-get Colombian 1st division attendance figures,
-Thanks to the contributors at 2017 Categoría Primera A season/teams (, including small current kit illustrations, found at each team’s page there.

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