Determinants of home atmosphere in English football: a committed supporter perspective

Wilkie, Stephanie (2008) Determinants of home atmosphere in English football: a committed supporter perspective. Journal of Sport Behavior, 31 (4). pp. 312-328. ISSN 0162-7341

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Abstract

This study explored home atmosphere in English professional football from the supporters’ perspective (n=442). Features of the stadium and aspects of match attendance were ranked for importance to atmosphere via a web survey. Noise and crowd size were the most important, followed by history with an opponent, and feeling connected to other supporters. Opponents’ league standing, a measure of social comparison, was more important than the location of away fans, proximity to the pitch, or overall stadium size. Results suggested home atmosphere was a combination of both social aspects of match attendance and stadium features embedded with a social context. These findings provide a starting point for future research to refine the construct of home atmosphere in English professional football.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Psychology > Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Applied Sciences > Department of Psychology
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Depositing User: Stephanie Wilkie
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2012 16:17
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2013 11:36
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/1145

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