A list of the top 30 most attended IIHF World Championships (out of 76 total). The tournament in 2004, in the Czech Republic, holds both the record for overall attendance, at 552,097, and the record for the most average spectators per game, at 9,858. Not included are the Olympic tournaments, which though they are run as an IIHF tournament, have been separate from the World Championships since 1972.
Also, it should be considered that because of a changing pool-size of teams through the years, the number of games contested at the IIHF World Championships can range from 32 in 1979 to 56 in 2009, therefore "attendance per game" is an equally important statistic to measure the success of a given tournament. Only four tournaments have had averages over 9,000 spectators per game, 1986, 1989, 1997 and 2004.
There are three countries with four of the top 30 most attended tournaments; Sweden, Finland and Austria, and three countries with three of the top 30 most attended tournaments; Czechoslovakia, Switzerland and Germany. There are 13 separate nations who have hosted the championships at least once, and are represented on the top 30.