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This article lists the attendances of many sports competitions around the world.

Domestic Professional Leagues

Top 10 in Total Attendance

League Sport Country Season Games Average attendance Total attendance
Major League Baseball Baseball 29 teams in United Statesmarker / 1 team in Canadamarker 2007
NBA Basketball 29 teams in United Statesmarker / 1 team in Canadamarker 2008-09
NHL Ice hockey 24 teams in United Statesmarker / 6 teams in Canadamarker 2008-09
NPB Baseball Japanmarker 2006
NFL American Football United Statesmarker 2008
Premier League Association football Englandmarker 2008-09
Bundesliga Association football Germanymarker 2008-09
La Liga Association football Spainmarker 2007-08
Football League Championship Association football 22 clubs in Englandmarker / 2 clubs in Walesmarker 2008-09
Serie A Association football Italymarker 2007-08


Top 10 in Average Attendance

League Sport Country Season # of Teams Games Total attendance Average
attendance
Source
Southeastern Conference American football United Statesmarker 2008 NCAA Season 8

National Football League American football United Statesmarker 2008 32

Indian Premier League Cricket (Twenty20) Indiamarker 2008 8
Bundesliga Association football Germanymarker 2008-09 18
Australian Football League Australian rules football Australia 2008 16
Premier League Association football Englandmarker 2007-08 20
Major League Baseball Baseball USmarker / (1 team in Canadamarker) 2008 30
Canadian Football League Canadian Football Canadamarker 2008 8
La Liga Association football Spainmarker 2007-08 20
NPB Baseball Japanmarker 2008 12


Top 10 Domestic club championship events

This section lists the most recent attendances at annual championship events (single decider matches, or the final match in a best-of series) by total attendance, and includes domestic leagues and competitions. It has to be noted that the listed crowd figures are usually a reflection of a championship stadium's capacity, as demand for these events is usually so high that any stadium would be filled to capacity.

The table is divided into sports that are meant to be played outdoors and indoors. Included in "outdoors" are events done in a domed or closed-retractable stadiums but are meant to be played in an open stadium, while included in "indoors" are events done in a domed or closed-retractable stadiums but are meant to be played in an indoor arena.

Outdoor

Event Sport Country League Crowd Source Year Venue City
AFL Grand Final Australian rules football Australia Australian Football League 2009 Melbourne Cricket Groundmarker Melbournemarker
FA Cup Final Association football Englandmarker FA Cup 2009 Wembley Stadiummarker Londonmarker
League Cup Final Association football Englandmarker League Cup 2009 Wembley Stadiummarker Londonmarker
National Rugby League Grand Final Rugby league Australia National Rugby League [219907] 2009 ANZ Stadiummarker Sydneymarker
All-Ireland Football Championship Final Gaelic football Irelandmarker All-Ireland Senior Football Championship 2009 Croke Parkmarker Dublinmarker
All-Ireland Hurling Championship Final Hurling Irelandmarker All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship 2009 Croke Parkmarker Dublinmarker
Guinness Premiership Final Rugby union Englandmarker Guinness Premiership 2009 Twickenhammarker Londonmarker
Football League Championship Play-Off Final Association football Englandmarker Football League Championship 2009 Wembley Stadiummarker Londonmarker
Coupe de France Final Association football Francemarker Coupe de France 2009 Stade de Francemarker Saint-Denis
Top 14 Final Rugby union Francemarker Top 14 2009 Stade de Francemarker Saint-Denis


Indoor

Event Sport Country League Crowd Source Year Venue City
NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship Basketball United Statesmarker NCAA basketball 2009 Ford Fieldmarker* Detroitmarker
UAAP Cheerdance Competition Cheerleading Philippinesmarker UAAP cheerdance Philippine Daily Inquirer 2008 Araneta Coliseummarker Quezon Citymarker
PBA Fiesta Conference Finals Game 7 Basketball Philippinesmarker Philippine Basketball Association GMANews.tv 2009 Araneta Coliseummarker Quezon Citymarker
Philippine NCAA Men's Basketball Finals Game 3 Basketball Philippinesmarker NCAA basketball Philippine Daily Inquirer 2008 Araneta Coliseummarker Quezon Citymarker
Stanley Cup Finals Game 7 Ice hockey United Statesmarker NHL NHL.com box score 2009 Joe Louis Arenamarker Detroitmarker
UAAP Men's Basketball Finals Game 3 Basketball Philippinesmarker UAAP basketball Business Mirror 2009 Araneta Coliseummarker Quezon Citymarker
Champion's Cup Final Indoor lacrosse United Statesmarker/Canadamarker NLL NLL.com 2008 HSBC Arenamarker Buffalomarker
NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Championship Ice hockey United Statesmarker NCAA ice hockey 2009 Verizon Centermarker Washington, D.C.marker
NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championship Basketball United Statesmarker NCAA basketball ESPN 2009 Scottrade Centermarker St. Louismarker
PBA Philippine Cup Finals Game 7 Basketball Philippinesmarker Philippine Basketball Association PBA.ph 2009 Araneta Coliseummarker Quezon Citymarker


Domestic club competition final (two decider matches)

Competition Sport Country Source Year Crowd Venue City Crowd Venue City Total Crowd
Copa do Brasil Association football Brazilmarker [219908] 2007 64,669 Maracanãmarker Rio de Janeiromarker 18,185 Estádio Orlando Scarpellimarker Florianópolismarker 82,854


Highest Attendance by Sport

Highest by Average Highest by Total
Sport League Country Average League Country Total
American Football National Football League United Statesmarker 68,240 National Football League United Statesmarker 17,469,552
Assocation Football Bundesliga Germanymarker 42,565 Premier League Englandmarker 13,527,815
Australian Football Australian Football League Australia Australian Football League Australia
Baseball Major League Baseball United Statesmarker 32,717 Major League Baseball United Statesmarker 79,502,524
Basketball NBA United Statesmarker 17,520 NBA United Statesmarker 21,549,238
Candadian Football Candadian Football League Canadamarker 29,206 Candadian Football League Canadamarker 2,100,016
Cricket Indian Premier League Indiamarker 58,000 Indian Premier League Indiamarker 3,422,000
Rugby League National Rugby League Australia 16,979 National Rugby League Australia 3,412,872
Rugby Union Guinness Premiership Englandmarker 11,809 Guinness Premiership Englandmarker 779,380


College, semi-professional and amateur leagues

View of the crowd at the 2004 Rose Bowl College Football Game.
This section lists college and amateur leagues by total attendance. Remaining amateurism requirements in the majority of top-level sports were dropped in the late 20th century, and there are now only a few amateur leagues which are of interest to a wide public. In the United States, college sports are very popular and at least one significant ice hockey league retains an amateur requirement. In Ireland, the All-Ireland senior championships in Gaelic football and hurling, both operated by the Gaelic Athletic Association, which continues to prohibit professionalism, each draw over 80,000 to fill Croke Parkmarker for the respective finals.

The NCAA championships listed here are all composed of several separate conferences with varying attendance levels. For example, in American football, 2008 per-game home attendances for the highest level of competition, Division I FBS, ranged from 16,727 for Mid-American Conference teams to 76,844 for Southeastern Conference teams (the latter a record for all NCAA conferences).

League Sport Country Season Games Total attendance Average attendance Source
NCAA Division I FBS football College American football United Statesmarker 2008
GAA All-Ireland Championships Gaelic games Irelandmarker 2009
NCAA Division I FCS football College American football United Statesmarker 2008
NCAA Division I men's basketball College basketball United Statesmarker 2008–09
NCAA Division I men's hockey Ice hockey United Statesmarker 2007-08


International club competitions

This section lists the attendances at international competitions between sports clubs. These are usually organised on a continental basis. The teams which compete in these tournaments also compete in the domestic competitions in their home countries.

This table is incomplete.

Tournament Sport Region(s) Year Games Total attendance Average

attendance
Source
FIFA Club World Cup Association football Worldwide 2008 7 355,515 44,439 FIFA
UEFA Champions League Association football Europe 2007-08 1081 4,589,314 42,494 Group & Knockout Stage
Copa Libertadores Association football South America 2008 138 2,959,170 21,443 [219909]
Heineken Cup Rugby union Europe 2008–09 79 Match reports from official competition site
AFC Champions League Association football Asia 2008 96 985,641 10,267 AFC CL 2008
Asia Series4 Baseball Asia 2008 7 55,073 7,868 Asia.NPB
Euroleague Basketball Europe 2005-06 2253 1,348,607 5,941 Euroleague
  • 1 Current competition
  • 2 Group stage only
  • 3 This includes all stages except for the Euroleague Final Four. ULEB, the organiser of the Euroleague, does not sell individual match tickets for the Final Four. Each ticket package sold for that event admits the holder to both semifinal games, the third-place game, and the final.
  • 4 Since the competition started in 2005 season, all games were held at Tokyo Dome, Japan. With the major sponsor Konami withdrew from the competition after the 2007 tournament, which caused great financial losses to host the series in 2008. The Japanese organising committee decided to suspend the tournament for the 2009 season, which will replaced by Japan-Korea Champions Contest. After lengthy discussions, Taiwan will host the Asia Series from 2010 onward.


Internation Tournaments

This section lists attendances at competitions between national representative teams sorted by average attendance. Please help Wikipedia by adding more competitions.


Tournament Sport Region Year Games Total attendance Average attendance Source
Six Nations Championship Rugby union Europe 2008 15 [219910]
FIFA World Cup finals Association football Worldwide 1994 52 [219911]
Rugby World Cup Rugby union Worldwide 2007 48 2007 Rugby World Cup
Rugby Union Tri Nations Rugby union Australia, New Zealandmarker, South Africa 2009 9 References in 2009 main article
FIFA Women's World Cup finals Association football Worldwide 2007 322
Euro 2008 Association football Europe 2008 31 UEFA Euro 2008 statistics UEFA Euro 2008 Official Site
AFC Asian Cup Association football Asia 2004 32 Wikipedia articles on the AFC Asian Cup 2004
Rugby League Tri-Nations Rugby league Australia, New Zealandmarker, Great Britain 2006 7 2006 wikipedia article
World Baseball Classic 3 Baseball Worldwide 2009 39
World Cup of Hockey 3 Ice hockey Worldwide 2004 19 2004 World Cup of Hockey
World Junior Ice Hockey Championships Ice hockey Worldwide 2009 31 IIHF
Cricket World Cup Cricket Worldwide 2007 51 2007 Cricket World Cup
Ice Hockey World Championships Ice hockey Worldwide 2008 54 IIHF


  • 2Although 32 games were played in the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup, tickets were sold only for 21 matchdays. The final schedule, which was affected slightly by Typhoon Wipha, saw 22 matches scheduled as doubleheaders—16 during pool play, all four quarterfinals, and the third-place game and final in a single session. However, FIFA took attendance separately for each individual match, and the calculation here reflects this practice.
  • 3World Baseball Classic and World Cup of Hockey are hosted in different regions of the world to boost attendance; as opposed to being hosted in one region like other international tournaments.


International club championship final events

These are restricted to final matches of international club events. Any other matches in such competitions that have especially notable attendances should be placed in the "Miscellaneous" section under the appropriate sport.

Tournament Sport Continent Crowd Source Year Venue City
FIFA Club World Cup final Association football Worldwide 2006 FIFA Club World Cup 2006 International Stadium Yokohamamarker Yokohama, Japan
Heineken Cup final Rugby union Europe 2008–09 Murrayfieldmarker Edinburghmarker
UEFA Champions League final Association football Europe 2008–09 Stadio Olimpicomarker Romemarker
AFC Champions League final Association football Asia AFC Champions League 2007 2007 Saitama Stadiummarker Saitama
Super 14 Final Rugby union Australia, New Zealandmarker,

South Africa
2009 Super 14 season 2009 Loftus Versfeld Stadiummarker Pretoriamarker


International club competition final (two decider matches)

Competition Sport Continent Source Year Crowd Venue City Crowd Venue City Total Crowd
Copa Libertadores Association football South America [219912] 2008 26,662 Casa Blanca Stadiummarker Quitomarker, Ecuadormarker 86,027 Maracanãmarker Rio de Janeiromarker, Brazilmarker 112,689
CONCACAF Champions' Cup Association football North America (Report) (Report) 2008 22,500 Saprissa San Josemarker 30,000 Hidalgomarker Pachucamarker 52,500
AFC Champions League Association football Asia [219913] 2008 20,639 Osaka Expo '70 Stadiummarker Osaka, Japanmarker 17,000 Hindmarsh Stadiummarker Adelaidemarker, Australia 37,639
Champions Hockey League Ice hockey Europe (Report) (Report) 2009 7,700 Magnitogorsk Arenamarker Magnitogorskmarker 6,200 Diners Club Arenamarker Zurich 13,900


See also



Notes and references

  1. This includes all regular-season games, bowl games for FBS teams, and playoff games and other postseason games in FCS and lower divisions. It does not include postseason all-star games.
  2. http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/sport/2009/1007/1224256098816.html
  3. This figure includes all games except for the NCAA tournament itself.
  4. College Hockey News: Men's Division I Hockey Sets New Attendance Record



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