^This an updated version with addirional detail (too late for edit)
Top 14 gates down ...see detail below.
There are some reasons e.g introduction of 12:30 kick off time but no general valid excuse.
So much for population argument .. see Paris detail!
Stade F's fall from grace from top to near bottom over the years is spectacular. Castres has a small capacity ground but was recently increased. There are still those that operate on or near capacity.
The overall Aviva average is similar and has been flat since some time ago and is also down on recent averages.
Racing has always had poor crowds due to the decrepid Stade Colombes and access .. their new Paris suburbs/business area Arena stadium (35k, all purpose, roofed 24/7) will open soon. This Season has returned pretty average results.
One should remember that gate revenue in Top14 is only 20% although one cannot deny that it has influence on Sponsorship which is 50% of revenue.
Inevitably? gates will probably improve towards end of Season as the competition intensifies.
ProDiv2 has been affected by timetable changes and is 4.8% down last Season compared to the Season before from 5206 to 4816.
Football league1 has decreased 2.47% on the same basis as thge Top14 stats above
Here's the detail