In this Series B of the Brazilian Championship, Cruzeiro had strong support from the fans and accounts for an average of 38,721 paying players in home matches – a higher number than in the last three seasons in which Raposa was champion of the national football elite, in 2003, 2013 and 2014.
In the current edition of the Second Division, Fox has 580,829 payers in 15 games in their domains. In eight games, the audience was over 40 thousand people.
The record for Cruzeiro in this campaign was recorded in the tie with Cricima, by 1 to 1, on September 4:
At Independência, which holds less than 23,000 fans, Raposa played twice: victories over Grmio (1-0), on May 8, and Nutico (4-0), on September 26.
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The match that had the biggest capacity was the victory over Paysandu, by 2 to 1, with 73,141 fans. Another duel in which Mineiro was covered in blue took place on September 20, against Santos. It was practically an early final, since Peixe was fighting for the title with Vanderlei Luxemburgo’s team, which won the Praiano 3-0.
That season, the celestial club had to play a few games at Independência and Arena do Jacar, in addition to Parque do Sabi.
As Mineiro was already renovated for the World Cup, the maximum audience dropped to around 62 thousand people. The biggest crowd of that year was registered in the victory over Grmio, by 3 to 0, on November 10: 56,854 fans.
In 2014, Cruzeiro managed to surpass the numbers of the previous year. In all, 564,137 paying players participated in the games as home team – an average of 29,691.
The largest audience was registered in the 2-0 victory over Goiás, on November 23rd.
Another game that received more than 50,000 people was the confrontation with Internacional (2-1), in which 51,944 fans were at the Gigante da Pampulha.
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This alienated the fans from the sector managed by the stadium operator, reducing the average attendance in these two seasons.