- List of sports attendance figures
This article lists the attendances of many sports competitions around the world with the exception of those for Domestic Professional Leagues such as the
NFL, Major League Baseball, The Indian Cricket League, the Indian Premier League, Australian Domestic CricketCompetitions, the Australian Football League, or the Premier League.
Domestic professional leagues
Domestic knock-out cup competitions
This section list attendances at domestic knock-out cup competitions in order of average attendance. It is very incomplete. In particular, there is a professional football (soccer) cup competition in most countries, and some countries have two.
*1 Current cometition
*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.
Competitions between national teams
:"This section lists attendances at competitions between national representative teams sorted by average attendance. Please help Wikipedia by adding more competitions."
Domestic club competition final (two decider matches)
All-Star exhibition games
This section lists major
All-star games sorted by total attendance. Please help Wikipedia by adding more matches.
This section lists attendances which do not fit into any of the sections above.
*NCAA Division I College World Series: The 2005 College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska had a total attendance of 263,475 in 11 sessions, for an average of 23,952. [http://www.ncaa.org/library/records/baseball/college_world_series_records_book/2006_cws_records.pdf]
**NB: The NCAA sells tickets for "sessions" rather than individual games. Some sessions are single games, even when two games are scheduled for the same day, while others are doubleheaders allowing one ticket holder to view both games that day.
*NCAA Division I Baseball:
Mississippi State Universityholds the single game regular season on-campus attendance record at 14,991. They also hold the NCAA's top 2 all-time largest Super Regional attendance record of 12,620 and 13,715 versus Clemson in 2007. Mississippi Statehas all of the top 13 and 18 of the top 20 on-campus crowds in the history of college baseball.
NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship: The 2007 tournament had a total attendance of 696,992 in 35 sessions, for an average of 19,914.
NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championship: The 2007 tournament had a total attendance of 199,932 in 34 sessions, for an average of 5,880.
**NB: For both basketball tournaments, the NCAA sells tickets for "sessions" rather than individual games. The "play-in" game of the men's tournament, the four regional finals of both tournaments, and both national championship games are single-game sessions; all other games in both tournaments are part of a doubleheader at a specific site.
*NCAA Men's Division I Basketball: The University of Kentucky has won 9 of the past 10 Men's Basketball Attendance titles. The most recent in 2006, saw Kentucky pull in an average of 22,763 fans per contest. Second place went to Syracuse University with an average of 21,587. [http://www.ncaa.org/stats/m_basketball/attendance/2006_basketball_attend.pdf]
* The WBC
Heavyweightmatch of Larry Holmesvs Gerry Cooney, held on June 11 1982 at Caesars Palace, took in 29,214 spectators, making it the highest in any boxing matches held in Nevada. [ [http://boxing.nv.gov/gates.htm Top 35 Gates ] ]
* The largest outdoor boxing attendance record was set on Feb 20, 1993 in Mexico City. A reported 136,274 spectators filled
Estadio Aztecato watch a then unbeaten Julio César Chávezagainst Greg Haugenin a WBC Light Welterweighttitle match. [ [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9F0CE4D8163AF933A2575AC0A965958260 BOXING: Sports of The Times; A Time to Remember the Alamo (Dome) - New York Times ] ]
2006 Commonwealth Gamesin Melbourne, Australia: Total ticket sales 1.6 million. [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/commonwealth_games/4846588.stm]
2006-07 Commonwealth Bank Series- 425,622 (average 30,401)
2008 Indian Premier League- 3,422,000 (Average attendance-58,000)
Tour de France(France and neighbouring countries) the organisers claim 15 million spectators every year [http://www.letour.fr/2005/presentationus/chiffres.html] , with the Guinness Book of Recordsclaiming a more modest 10 million [http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/content_pages/record.asp?recordid=45186&Reg=1] . This is the highest total for any single sporting event; it should be pointed out, however, that attendance is entirely free and not closely monitored.
Gaelic Athletic Association: attendance at GAA championship events in Irelandin 2003 (including both Gaelic footballand hurling) was 1,962,769. [http://www.gaa.ie/files/04arstat.pdf]
PGA Tour: 2004 attendance was over 10 million. [http://www.xmradio.com/newsroom/screen/pr_2005_03_16.html]
FBR Open: drew 536,767 spectators in 2006, [http://www.pgatour.com/story/9210547] more than any other golf tournament in the world. [http://www.fbropen.com/GolfStats.asp#c] . This is a routine PGA Tour event which is played on a course which can accommodate exceptionally large crowds. Attendances at most events, including the major championships, are capped well below this level.
*U.S. Women's Open attendance in 2005 was 131,298. [http://www.webgolfer.com/news/070805.html]
Open Championshipattracted 230,000 spectators. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/golf/5208666.stm Record crowds enjoy Hoylake Open] , " BBC Sport", 23 July2006.]
Japan Racing Association: in 2004 8,099,985 racegoers attended meetings in Japan. [http://japanracing.jp/japan/pdf/horseraceing_15.pdf] Attendances at JRA meetings have fallen every year since 1996, when they were 14,116,684. These numbers do not include the many "local racing" meetings in Japan.
*British horse racing: in 2005 5,896,922 racegoers attended the 1,300 meetings held in the United Kingdom, an average of 4,536. [http://www.britishhorseracing.com/inside_horseracing/about/BHB_AnnualReport_2005.pdf] .
Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival: a total of 730,110 in 2005 includes the major events e.g., Melbourne Cup, Caulfield Cup(93,825 in 2005) and Cox Plate(44,189 in 2005) [http://www.springracingcarnival.com.au/media/documents/SRCexec.pdf] held in Melbourne, Australia
Kentucky Derby: 2006 event in the United Statesattracted a total of 157,536. The second largest attendance figure in the history of the race. [ [http://www.online-horse-betting.net/index.php Betting Corner | Free Betting Picks ] ]
Hong Kong Jockey Club: During the 2005/06 race year ending on June 30, of the 78 race meetings held over two courses in Hong Kong, 1,890,000 racegoers attended races meetings. [ [http://www.hkjc.com/english/corporate/corp_operation_05-06_results.asp The Hong Kong Jockey Club ] ] [ [http://www.horseracingintfed.com/newsDisplay.asp?story=345 International Federation of Horseracing Authorities : News ] ]
*Horse racing in Ireland: 1,447,245 racegoers attended over 319 meetings in 2006, with the largest single meeting is the Festival in
Punchestown, achieving a record 85,000 racegoers, up 10% on 2005. [ [http://www.horseracingintfed.com/newsDisplay.asp?story=417 International Federation of Horseracing Authorities : News ] ]
Mixed Martial Arts
*The record for any professional fight event is the PRIDE and
K-1co-hosted Shockwave/Dynamite match held on 28 August 2002, taking in 91,107 paid spectators held in the Tokyo National Stadium, Tokyo, Japan. [ [http://www.pridefc.com/pride2005/whats_about01.htm PRIDEFC Official Website ] ]
PRIDE Fighting Championship: Although the Shockwave/Dymanite event mentioned above is the highest of all time, the highest spectator attendance for an individually hosted PRIDE event is the PRIDE Final Conflict 2003with an attendance figure of 67,450 on 9 November 2003 at Tokyo National Stadium, Tokyo, Japan.
K-1: Although the Shockwave/Dymanite event mentioned above is the highest of all time, the highest spectator attendance for an individually hosted K-1 event is the World Grand Prix Final 1998, held on 13 December 1998 in Tokyo Domewith 63,800 spectators. [ [http://www.k-1.co.jp/k-1gp/a002_01.htm History ] ]
Ultimate Fighting Championship: UFC 83:Georges St. Pierre defeated Matt Serra with a second-round TKO before a raucous, sold-out crowd of 21,390 at the Bell Centre, Montreal Quebec Canada http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/24222950/
Indianapolis 500, Speedway, IndianaWhile the official attendance is not disclosed by Speedway management, with a permanent seating capacity for more than 257,000 people and infield seating that raises capacity to an approximate 400,000. [ [http://www.worldstadiums.com/stadium_menu/stadium_list/100000.shtml List of stadiums with 100,000 plus capacity] ]
NASCAR: United States13,000,000 at Nextel Cup, Busch Series racing, Craftman Truck series, and Whelen racing series. (Average 186,000) (2003) [http://mediarelations.officedepot.cc/racing/docs/nascar_background_abbrev.pdf]
**Compare this with attendance for 1997The Winston Cup series attracted a total of 6,091,356 spectators over 32 rounds with an average of 190,355 spectators per round.cite web
title= 1997 Goodyear Racing Attendance Report Statistics Compiled by The
Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company
The Auto Channel
**In 1997, 1,942,750 spectators attended the Grand National series over 30 rounds, with an average of 64,758 per race.
**In 1997, 920,367 spectators attended the
Craftsman Truck Seriesover 26 rounds, with an average of 35,399 per race.
Daytona 500: 200,000 racegoers attended the sold out event for the 2005 race day. [http://www.grandprixcities.com/raceattendances.html grandprixcities - motorsport attendance figures - worldwide - motorsport travel guide with hotels near the venues speedway, nearest airport and event tickets ] ]
Champ Car: 1,961,917 fans. with an average of 150,000 per event.
**In 1997, 2,491,050 spectators over 17 rounds with an average attendenance of 146,532 per round.
Lexmark Indy 300: Surfers Paradise, Queensland2005 attendance of 316,459. [ [http://www.indy.com.au/event/pastevents/index.htm Gold Coast Indy 300 - Past Events ] ]
Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix: Total attendance for the 2007 Australian Grand Prixheld in Melbournewas 301,000 (a drop from the 2006 total). [ [http://www.austadiums.com/sport/event.php?eventid=4223 Australian Stadiums :: Australian F1 GP (d4) ] ] Adelaidehad a total grand prix weekend attendance of 520,000 for the 1995 Australian Grand Prixand this is record for an Australian F1 Grand Prix. [ [http://www.grandprix.com/gt/gt00063.html F1 - Grandprix.com > Features > Globetrotter > Thank you Adelaide ] ]
Canadian Grand Prix: Total attendance for the 2006 Canadian Grand Prixheld in Montrealwas 332,000. [ [http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/story.html?id=9e05d4b0-6014-44e5-adf8-9253250e9f54 Grand Prix attendance falls short of last year's record ] ]
V8 SupercarChampionship Series - Average attendance in 2006 was 108 000. [http://www.clipsal500.com.au/2006/pdf/Whincup_conquers_27_3_06.pdf]
Clipsal 500: 2007 attendance of 276,900 over 4 days. [ [http://www.foxsports.com.au/story/0,8659,22131433-23770,00.html Clipsal 500 moves to February - Motor Sports - Fox Sports ] ]
24 Hours of Le Mans: Le Mans, Sarthe, France- the 2007 event had an attendance of 250,952 over the race day, setting a new official event record. [cite web | url = http://www.lemans.org/24heuresdumans/actu/2007-06-17_MB_2432_gb.html | title = 250 952 spectators : biggest crowd ever | publisher = Automobile Club de l'Ouest | date = 17 June 2007 | accessdate = 2007-08-16]
A1GP: 72,000 spectators attended the maiden round held in Brands Hatchin September 2005.
*DTM: 769,000 visitors attended the ten rounds of 2005 with an average of 76,900 visitors per race representing a 21% increase over the 2003 season. In that same year, 133,000 spectators attended the season finale held in
D1 Grand Prix: The D1|2005 two-day event held at the Odaibacar park in Tokyo Bay, Japanattracted 34,152 altogether, 18,546 for the Allstar event and for the point-scoring 2nd round, 15,606. The record one-day attendance is 21,000 for its Allstar event held at the previous year, making it the biggest drifting event of them all even for an event which usually requires a small portion of racetrack. [ja icon [http://www.d1gp.co.jp/ D1 GRAND PRIX official web site ] ]
Formula D: The 2004 Formula D finale held at Irwindale Speedway, took in 9000 spectators [ [http://www.yokohamatire.com/news_09_02_2004.asp Yohohama Dominates Inaugural Season of Formula Drift Series] ]
Monster truck: For the 2004 season, with five events held in different places over one weekend being the norm, more than 3.5 million people attended USHRA monster truck events including its own Monster Jamand Thunder Nationalsseries. [ [http://www.monsterjamonline.com/pressBox/Article.2003-10-21.5745 Monsterjamonline ] ]
Renault World Series: A record of 135,000 spectators, 55,000 on Saturday and 80,000 on Sunday, attended the UK round at Donington Park, dedicated to the junior formula series and its Renaultspecific supporting races, beating the previous attendance figure by 40,000, making it the best attended meeting of the series in 2007. [ [http://www.huliq.com/33874/record-weekend-at-world-series-by-renault-event Record weekend at World Series by Renault event | Huliq] ]
Formula Nippon: The inaugural round held at Suzuka Circuitattracted a record total of 51,000 spectators in 1996, compare this with the attendance record of the series precessors [.http://fndc.hp.infoseek.co.jp/1996JFNE.htm]
**All Japan Formula 3000 Championship: Round 9 of the 1990 championship held in Fuji Speedway attracted a total of 73,700 spectators. [http://fndc.hp.infoseek.co.jp/1990JF3000E.htm]
**All Japan Formula 2 Championship: The final round of the 1981 championship held in
Suzuka Circuitattracted a record total of 83,000 spectators. [http://fndc.hp.infoseek.co.jp/1981JF2E.htm]
**All Japan Formula 2000 Championship: The final round of the 1975 championship held in
Suzuka Circuitattracted a record total of 80,000 spectators. [http://fndc.hp.infoseek.co.jp/1975JF2E.htm]
Porsche Supercup, despite being held as a support race for Formula Oneraces, the Supercup in 2006, took in reportedly, 125,000 grandstand viewing spectators. [cite web|url=http://www.porsche.com/international/motorsportandevents/motorsport/racing/pmsc/profile/?gtabindex=7|title=Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup website|accessdate=2007-03-05] .
Race of Champions: The 2007 event held at the newly built Wembley Stadiumattracted a total of 54,319 spectators. [Mark Glendenning. "Wembley must wait", Motorsport News, 19/26 December 2006. Retrieved on 14 January 2008.]
Baja 1000, over 200,000 spectators attended the 2003 event. [ [http://www.buy.com/prod/dust-to-glory/q/loc/322/40719416.html Dust To Glory : DVD : Mario Andretti : Robby Gordon : Dana Brown : MGM - Buy.com ] ]
12 Hours of Sebring, 140,000 attended the 56th running of the ALMS event in 2008 [cite web
title= 12-hour party people
author= Oliver Owen
publisher= Observer Sport Monthly
British Touring Car Championship, 35,000 spectators (30,000 on race day) attended the Oulton Parkround, a record for the circuit since the circuit owner, MotorsportVision began recording in 2004. [ Motorsport News, 30 July 2008. Retrieved on 6 August 2008.]
Suzuka 8 Hours: The motorcycle endurance race held in Suzuka attracted 70,000 spectators, this is considered to be less than the record in 1990, when 160,000 spectators attended on race day. As with modern seating facilities demanded on F1 circuits, Suzuka can no longer be able to break this record. [ja icon [http://www.suzukacircuit.com/race/cocacola8/ Suzuka Circuit - Race Information ] ]
Bol d'or,: The motorcycle endurance race held in Paul Ricarduntil 1999, now currently held in Magny Cours attracted 53,000 spectators in 2005, less than the previous year's figure. [ [http://www.racecorporation.co.uk/Bol%20d'Or%202005.htm Bol d'Or 2005 ] ]
Spanish motorcycle Grand Prix: 241,975 attended the 2006 race held in Jerez over 3 days, with a raceday total of 131,162, setting a new record for a Moto GPevent.
Assen TT: 80,000 spectators attended the Dutch Superbike World Championshipround over the entire weekend.
Supercross: The 2002 AMA World Finals at Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevadasold out taking in a claimed 65,000 spectators, despite its capacity of 40,000. [http://www.thomasandmack.com/arenainfo/history.php]
Goodwood Festival of Speed: Total attendance record for the event is 158,000 in 2003, making it the biggest motorsport event in Britain, with revised ticket sale policies, recent attendance figure has been 150,000. [ [http://www.burkes-peerage.net/sites/common/news/news160703.asp Burke's Peerage - Page cannot be found ] ]
Monterey Historic Automobile Races: Total attendance for the prestigious historical event held in Laguna Secais 65,000 in 2004. [ [http://media.montereyinfo.org/?p=8464 Media ] ]
*Oldtimer Grand Prix: 69,000 spectators attended the 32nd running of the popular historic event held in
Nürburgringin 2006. [ [http://www.porsche.com/international/accessoriesandservice/classic/world/events/archive/2004-09-01-oldtimer32/ 32nd Oldtimer Grand Prix - Event Archive - Events - Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG ] ]
2004 Athens Olympics: 3.8 million tickets sold.
2000 Sydney Olympics: 6.7 million tickets sold
1996 Atlanta Olympics: 8.3 million tickets sold
1992 Barcelona Olympics: 3.0 million tickets sold
1988 Seoul Olympics: 3.3 million tickets sold
1984 Los Angeles Olympics: 5.7 million tickets sold
2006 Turin Olympics: 0.9 million tickets sold [http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Olympics/2010Vancouver/2006/02/28/1466388-sun.html]
2002 Salt Lake City Olympics: 1.525 million tickets sold
1998 Nagano Olympics: 1.275 million tickets sold
1994 Lillehammer Olympics: 1.21 million tickets sold
1992 Albertville Olympics: 0.9 million tickets sold
1988 Calgary Olympics: 1.6 million tickets sold
All figures except Turin 2006 from [http://www.olympic.org/uk/organisation/facts/programme/ticketing_uk.asp Olympic.org]
*In 2004 attendance at the 64 ATP tournaments and four Grand Slam events was 6,004,648. [http://www.atptennis.com/en/newsandscores/news/2005/attendance_records.asp]
*U.S. Open - total attendance at the 2005 event was 659,538. [http://www.usopen.org/en_US/about/history/rec_attend.html]
Australian Open- total attendance for 2008 was 605,735. [cite web|url=http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/event_guide/attendance_history.pdf |title=The Australian Open - History of Attendance|publisher=Australian Open|accessdate=2008-01-30|format=PDF]
*Wimbledon Championships - total attendance at the 2005 event was 467,188. [http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/news/2005/2005_review.html]
French Open- total attendance at the 2004 event was 413,419. [http://2005.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/about/2004tourn.html]
World Wrestling Entertainment: The 1987 WrestleMania IIIheld at the Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac, Michiganwas reported to have had an attendance figure of 93,173, which is considered to be a North American indoor attendance record. This figure has been subject to dispute. Some wrestling insiders have claimed a figure of around 75,000 attended. However, by utilising floor space as well as the 80,000+ seater stands the stadium could be capable of hosting a crowd of 90,000+. [ [http://prowrestling.about.com/od/wrestlemania/p/wm3.htm WrestleMania III - Profile of WrestleMania III ] ]
*The 1992 Summerslam, held at the old Wembley Stadium in London, England, took in an attendance figure of 80,355, making it the other attendance record for a WWF event. [ [http://encycl.opentopia.com/term/Wembley_Stadium Wembley Stadium ] ]
WrestleMania X-Sevenbroke the Astrodomeattendance record with a crowd of 67,925.
Wrestlemania 18broke the Rogers Centreattendance record with a crowd of 68,237.
Wrestlemania 23broke the Ford Fieldattendance record with a crowd of 80,103.
Wrestlemania XXIVbroke the Citrus Bowlattendance record with a crowd of 74,635.
Average attendances of European football clubs
2007 Australian football code crowds
* [http://www.worldfootballrankings.com World football (soccer) attendances]
* [http://paginas.terra.com.br/esporte/rsssfbrasil/miscellaneous/attendances.htm Best Attendances in Brasil (football/soccer)]
* [http://www.stadium-attendances.com Stadium Attendances of soccer and rugby games, huge details on french soccer league]
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