The opening round of 2018 V-League 1 last week turned out to be a milestone event as it became the most attended in the history of the tournament.
According to the organizers, the total number of spectators who turned up at the five host venues across the country rose up to 60.000.
Specifically, the first round of this year’s V-League 1 welcomed an average of 12,000 spectators to the venues, went past the earlier record average attendance of 10,071 set in the tournament in the whole year 2016.
The most crowded stadium was Thien Truong of newly-promoted Nam Dinh FC. There were 22,000 spectators coming to the venue to support the hosts against Can Tho. This has been the first season the rich-tradition club compete in Vietnam top-flight football competition since being relegated eight years ago.
The number of spectators turned up to V-League 1 soared was due to the effect of Vietnam national U-23 team. The success of the Young Golden Stars at the AFC U-23 Championship in January has brought back the trust of local supporters into Vietnam football.