Attendance figures for Wigan Athletic matches at the DW Stadium in the 2012/13 season have shown an increase from the previous campaigns and were the largest since the first year in the Premier League.
The average figure for home games last season was 19,375, a 4% increase from the 2011/12 season which was 18,634.
Despite relegation from the Premier League, the number of home supporters attending increased, with an extra 800 fans per game coming through the turnstiles which represented a 5% increase from the previous season with an average of 15,807, whilst visiting supporter numbers dropped by 2%.
Our busiest game of the season took place last Sunday with the visit of Aston Villa to the DW Stadium, in which 23,001 attended the game – the highest home attendance in five years.
Chief Executive Jonathan Jackson said: “Firstly, on behalf of the Club, I would like to thank the supporters who have created such wonderful atmospheres last season.
“We have seen steady increases in our attendances over recent seasons and that has been as a result of a entertaining football on the pitch and a great deal of work off it to attract young fans and families.
“We have maintained sensible, affordable prices to watch top class football, increased our community and junior engagement significantly, and of course our profile has risen significantly under Roberto Martinez which have led to more people watching and supporting Latics.
“Our support this year has been magnificent and it was wonderful that over 23,000 supporters were able to enjoy the greatest moment in our history at the FA Cup Final at Wembley.
“Our aim has to be to host capacity attendances at the DW Stadium every week and over the last three years we have worked hard in all areas of the club to work towards this target with increases each season.
“We have to align this progress with continuing strong connections with all our supporters who are such an important part of this football club and as we continue that growth next season in the Championship and Europe we must maintain that close relationship.
“Next season starts now and we will be releasing season ticket details next week to enable our fans to reserve their place as part of the team in season 2013-14”