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Title: The determinants of stadium attendance in elite women's football: Evidence from the UEFA Women's Champions League
Author(s): Valenti, Maurizio
Scelles, Nicolas
Morrow, Stephen
Contact Email: s.h.morrow@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: Attendance
Demand
Fan behaviour
Spectators
Women’s football
Issue Date: Jun-2020
Citation: Valenti M, Scelles N & Morrow S (2020) The determinants of stadium attendance in elite women's football: Evidence from the UEFA Women's Champions League. Sport Management Review, 23 (3), pp. 509-520. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.smr.2019.04.005
Abstract: Women’s football struggles to build a solid platform in terms of fan interest. However, while an increase in gate receipts can help assist its long-term sustainability, there is limited evidence in the academic literature on the factors influencing spectator demand in women’s football. The authors investigate determinants of stadium attendance for UEFA Women's Champions League (UWCL) matches. Using regression models deployed on 554 UWCL games played between 2009/10 and 2017/18, the authors examine contextual and sport-related variables as the main predictors of stadium attendance. Findings show that there is no continuous growth of attendance over the period examined, and highlight that spectators’ interest is positively associated with five factors: stage of the competition, uncertainty of match outcome, competitive intensity, away club’s reputation and weather conditions. Football governing bodies should put in place initiatives to ensure match outcome uncertainty is maintained as this represents a key determinant to maximise stadium attendance. Based on the specific context of European women’s football, recommendations to foster its development are discussed. These include incentivising investment into the elite women’s game and designing sport policies to encourage participation at grassroots levels.
DOI Link: 10.1016/j.smr.2019.04.005
Rights: This item has been embargoed for a period. During the embargo please use the Request a Copy feature at the foot of the Repository record to request a copy directly from the author. You can only request a copy if you wish to use this work for your own research or private study. Accepted refereed manuscript of: Valenti M, Scelles N & Morrow S (2020) The determinants of stadium attendance in elite women's football: Evidence from the UEFA Women's Champions League. Sport Management Review, 23 (3), pp. 509-520. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.smr.2019.04.005 © 2019, Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
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