UEFA – Norway
Norway’s top flight, the Tippeligaen, recently set a new attendance record. Each match in 2007 attracted an average of 10,000 fans, twice as many as in 1995, when the number of clubs in the league was set at 14. One of the main reasons for this surge in attendances is clearly the improvement in stadium facilities, which now give Norwegian fans more comfort than ever before. Stadium renovation or construction work has also been a key issue elsewhere in Europe, particularly in the build-up to major tournaments such as the European Championship in Portugal in 2004 and Austria/ Switzerland in 2008 or the FIFA World Cup™ in Germany in 2006. More generally, however, stadium work has also been something of a global trend, with the Football Association of Serbia recently helping to build new stadiums in Kragujevac and Jagodina in central Serbia.