A study has found that only one in three football fans in Italy attend games in Serie A, even as football remains the country’s most popular sport.
Carried out by Birra Moretti, the survey that asked 1000 people between the ages of 18 and 64, was intended to ascertain the general behaviour of sports fans in the peninsula.
Football was found to be the most loved sport, with 60 per cent of those asked following the sport, ahead of 57 per cent following Formula 1 and 55 per cent up for MotoGP. Tennis on 24 per cent, volleyball on 20 per cent and cycling on 19 per cent completed the top six.
However, despite football’s popularity, only 33 per cent confirmed that they go to watch games live at stadiums, at least occasionally.
The country is also split on where they believe is the best place to watch games, with 48 per cent seeing that home in front of the television makes for the better experience compared with 46 per cent preferring the stadiums.
Only 12 per cent of those surveyed described themselves as diehard supporters, never missing a game that their team plays and whenever they can attending the stadium. A majority 31 per cent indicated that they usually watch games at home on the sofa, instead of attending live.
Reasons for not attending games regularly were suggested as the cost of tickets, safety fears and laziness at the last minute due to bad weather.
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