The first matchday of the Russian Premier League’s (RPL) new season, which kicked off with eight games last weekend, set an attendance record of 169,600 fans, the league said in a press release Tuesday, with an average of 21,200 fans per match.

Last year, the same eight games were attended by less than 100,000 fans.

High stadium attendance was also observed at games in Russia’s second-division, the Football National League (FNL), with venues in World Cup host cities including Volgograd, Nizhny Novgorod and Kaliningrad averaging almost 20,000 fans.

Saransk, Russia’s smallest host city, saw 26,000 people attend a second-division game two days after the World Cup final.

Here is a selection of Instagram posts from the new season.



Mordovia Arena, Saransk

July 17. Mordovia vs. Nizhny Novgorod (FNL: second division)

26,564 spectators.