With all the high-octane excitement surrounding the opening of the Mall of France this weekend, there’s been a certain amount of talk about the logistics of how to keep crowds away.
It’s easy to forget that the game itself isn’t the problem, as the crowd’s attendance is, after all, just a proxy for how big a deal the French capital is.
In fact, it might even be a good idea to get used to the crowds being smaller than the stadium’s capacity, as this article from the Paris Match website points out: “When the crowd is at its highest, the stadium is usually full.
This usually occurs on Fridays, when fans are more likely to congregate and have a bigger impact.
On other days, the crowd usually drops to a lower level, and in some cases even to the floor.
However, this is a phenomenon that happens all the time, especially during football matches.
During the French Super League, for example, the crowds in the stadium decreased to the level of the pitch, and the crowds on the field decreased significantly.”
That’s because of the game, and especially the crowds around it, which, of course, has nothing to do with the stadium.
In the last 30 years, the stadiums capacity has been shrinking, while the crowds have been growing.
It all comes down to the atmosphere, of which the stadium has been the centrepiece.
That atmosphere has been steadily declining since 1992, according to a study by Eurostat, the European Union’s statistics agency, and a team of researchers from France and Italy, published in the journal Social Science Research.
In a report on the issue, the team says that “there are three main factors behind the decline in crowd sizes in the French stadiums.
The first is the reduction in the number of spectators, with the average number of people in the stands declining from 2.5m in 1992 to 1.4m in 2015.”
The second is the rise in tickets prices, which are now on average 25% higher than in 1992.
The third factor is the increased crowd noise, which the authors say “causes a greater number of individuals to experience and feel the noise and turbulence of the stadium.”
The French football league has been working on a new “tourism management plan”, which will see the number and density of spectators at matches reduced from 20,000 to 10,000, and tickets prices cut from €40 to €20.
A number of factors have contributed to the trend towards less crowds in French stadiums, including the opening weekend of Euro 2016.
The French Football Association (FFA) will also have to consider changes to the way it organises its home games in the hope of making the crowds more manageable, with a number of players joining the club’s supporters’ section.
The FA has also started a consultation process for the introduction of more seating in stadiums, with some teams already considering such a move.
However the overall trend towards smaller crowds at stadiums has been in the opposite direction, with stadiums with smaller capacity crowds increasing in number, with football’s most famous cities like Paris and Lyon seeing the biggest increases.
There are some signs that the crowds at Paris’ Stade de France will shrink again, though, as a new study published in Sports Medicine indicates that there is a correlation between the number, density and noise levels at the stadium, and more people are expected to be in attendance.
While the exact numbers are unknown, the study’s authors argue that “the decrease in crowds and noise in stadiums is probably linked to the reduction of social capital and the introduction in stadiums of additional capacity, which is usually achieved by introducing new sporting events”.
There is also evidence that the increased number of fans is a factor in the reduction.
In Paris, for instance, the number was estimated to be down 15% between 2007 and 2016, but this figure dropped by 30% between 2011 and 2016.
This is in part because of lower ticket prices.
In addition, there are several factors that are responsible for the growing crowds at Stade Louis, including high demand for tickets, the influx of foreign fans, and “the emergence of a new generation of fans”.
“A growing population and an increasing number of foreign players has also contributed to an increase in attendance, which leads to the development of a more intimate atmosphere,” the study says.
“The increase in ticket prices is an indication of the importance of the ticket prices, especially in the context of the social capital provided by the French players.”