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    boilerman wrote:
    At the moment people coming to St Mary's can drive into Southampton park, they can get buses, they can walk from shirley , Bitterne ,Woolston etc.
    If the ground were at Stoneham access would be a lot more difficult, especially for foot traffic.
    Also when fans come to St Mary's they spend money in the surrounding area.
    Look at Brightons ground, a lovely stadium but sited in a remote location.
    this is an excellent point . i can walk to sms but not to stoneham ....... personally i propose we expand sms ."
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Southampton's attendances among the best

Daily Echo: Saints fans Saints fans

SAINTS should comfortably be a mid-table Premier League team next season – at least in terms of their support.

The bumper crowds at the back end of the latest promotion winning campaign saw Saints finish in second place behind West Ham in the highest average attendances chart of the Championship season.

And their average of 26,419 per game would see them 12th in the current Premier League averages.

Crowds have shot up 17 per cent at St Mary’s this season, following on from last term’s 22,160 average in League 1.

The last four attendances at the ground this season were all above the 30,000 mark.

Even established teams such as Fulham, West Brom, Bolton, Blackburn and Wigan trail in the wake of Saints’ loyal fan base.

Promoted sides QPR and Swansea are also well down on the St Mary’s averages.

Saints are sure to see their attendances boosted even further on their return to the top flight after a seven-year absence.

Whilst it is unlikely they can regularly repeat the St Mary’s record 32,363 crowd they had for the final game of the campaign against Coventry, due to the added segregation of having an often full ten per cent allocation going to the away team, they should sell out for the majority of games.

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Previously in their Premier League campaigns it was generally only the midweek matches, when people struggle to get there from work, that attendances dropped from capacity.

Assuming Saints were averaging anywhere between 28,000-32,000 next season, that would be enough to see them in 11th place in the Premier League stats based on this campaign.

It again underlines how well Saints have been supported during this season and the kind of crowds they can expect next term.

Championship

West Ham 30,923
Saints 26,419
Derby 26,020
Leeds 23,379
Leicester 23,036
Cardiff 22,100
Nottm Forest 21,969
Brighton 20,029
Reading 19,219
Birmingham 19,126
Hull 18,790
Ipswich 18,266
Middlesbrough 17,557
Crystal Palace 15,219
Coventry 15,118
Portsmouth 15,044
Burnley 14,048
Bristol City 13,907
Blackpool 12,764
Watford 12,710
Millwall 11,484
Barnsley 10,331
Doncaster 9,341
Peterborough 9,110

Premier League

Man United 75,381
Arsenal 59,995
Newcastle United 50,039
Man City 46,991
Liverpool 44,449
Chelsea 41,519
Sunderland 38,686
Tottenham 36,013
Aston Villa 33,851
Everton 33,068
Stoke City 27,194
Norwich City 26,539
Wolves 25,564
Fulham 25,271
West Brom 24,823
Bolton 23,559
Blackburn 22,351
Swansea 19,909
Wigan 18,449
QPR 17,294

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