Interest in Leicester stimulated by football success, bigger impact than RIII
One way of gauging interest in a city is to look at its Wikipedia page views. If there’s growing interest among visitors to the online encyclopedia, you can ask why. Here’s the story so far this year, for views of Leicester’s page. Notice the spikes.
The notes in red on the spikes show the football games, and scores, that Leicester was involved in at that time. Could be coincidence, but might not be.
To check the footie connection, here’s a comparison with the page views for the Leicester City FC Wikipedia entry.
The shapes are similar, but much bigger. Perhaps it is the football.
How about comparing with a couple of other midland cities, say Derby and Nottingham. Do they have a football-related spike?
So what happened around Friday 29 January 2016? Why did Derby’s page views shoot up, ahead even of mighty Leicester’s? Might it be related to the FA cup match that was played on that day? Derby played Manchester United at home in the fourth round. They lost, 1 -3. Perhaps it’s the taking part, not the winning, that matters to Wikipedia viewers.
How does all this compare with the excitement generated by the reburial of Richard III a year ago? In Wikipedia terms, the king’s impact was much less. On 26 March, the day of the interment, Leicester page views peaked at slightly over 3,000. Daily averages for the month hovered around 1,200. That’s clearly much less than the 18,000 peak of the Man City game, and the regular spikes over 4,000 in the past couple of weeks.
Large claims were made last year for the economic benefit to the city of the King in the carpark. It might be worth examining what the King Power effect is by comparison.