List of sports attendance figures
This article lists the attendances of many sports competitions around the world, based in some cases on the number of tickets sold or given away, rather than people actually present. The list is exclusively field and arena ball sports.
Domestic professional leagues 
Top 10 Leagues in total attendance 
|League||Sport||Country||Season||Games||Average attendance||Total attendance|
|Major League Baseball||Baseball||United States / Canada||2011||2,420||30,352||73,451,522|
|Nippon Professional Baseball||Baseball||Japan||2010||846||25,626||21,679,596|
|National Hockey League||Ice hockey||United States / Canada||2011–12||600||17,455||21,470,155|
|National Football League||American football||United States||2011||254||67,358||17,124,389|
|National Basketball Association||Basketball||United States / Canada||2011–12||990||17,274||17,100,861|
|Premier League||Association football||England / Wales||2011–12||380||34,601||13,148,465|
|La Liga||Association football||Spain||2011–12||380||30,275||11,504,567|
|Football League Championship||Association football||England / Wales||2011–12||552||17,738||9,791,690|
|Serie A||Association football||Italy||2011–12||380||23,459||7,765,082|
Top 10 Leagues in average attendance 
|League||Sport||Country||Season||# of Teams||Games||Total attendance||Average
|National Football League||American football||United States||2011||32||254||17,124,389||67,358|||
|Premier League||Association football|| England
(1 club in Wales)
|Australian Football League||Australian rules football||Australia||2012||18||207||6,778,824||32,748|||
|Major League Baseball||Baseball|| United States
(1 club in Canada)
|La Liga||Association football||Spain||2011–12||20||380||11,504,567||30,275|||
|Canadian Football League||Canadian football||Canada||2012||8||72||2,029,895||28,193|||
|Liga MX||Association football||Mexico||2010–11||18||306||7,905,999||25,837|||
|Nippon Professional Baseball||Baseball||Japan||2010||12||846||21,679,596||25,626|||
|Serie A||Association football||Italy||2011–12||20||380||8,914,420||23,459|||
Top Leagues in recent domestic club championship event attendance 
This section lists the most recent attendances at annual championship events (single decider matches or the final match in a best-of series only) 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 venue's capacity, as demand for these events is generally so high that any stadium or arena would be filled to capacity.
The method by which championship venue(s) are determined can indirectly affect the attendance of such a match.
In most competitions that use a best-of final series, each individual match typically takes place at one team's home venue. In the Philippine Basketball Association, a competition in which no team has its own home arena, most finals matches (including any that can potentially end a series) are held at Araneta Coliseum, the country's largest indoor sports venue.
In most competitions that have a one-off final, the site is determined well in advance. Some competitions have a permanent site for their finals. Two notable examples are the Australian Football League, whose Grand Final is always at the MCG, and the Gaelic Athletic Association, which holds its final matches in Gaelic football and hurling at Croke Park. Others determine the final venue anywhere from months to years before the event, such as the NFL, which determines the host of the Super Bowl more than three years in advance.
However, two transnational club events in rugby union (whose final attendances are listed in a separate table) use a very different system. In Super Rugby and the Pro12 (formerly Celtic League), the final is awarded to the finalist that finished higher in the league table during the regular season.
The table is divided into sports that are meant to be played outdoors and indoors. Included in "outdoors" are events held in domed or closed-retractable stadiums but meant to be played in open-air stadiums, while included in "indoors" are events held in domed or closed-retractable stadiums but typically played in indoor arenas.
For the purposes of this table, "domestic" is defined to include leagues which are historically focused in one country, but may have teams in one or more nearby countries. Examples of this phenomenon include:
- Of the six largest professional leagues in English-speaking North America, only the two gridiron football leagues—the NFL and CFL—operate on one side of the U.S.–Canada border. Of the four traditional "major leagues", only the NHL has more than one team in Canada; since 2011–12, it has 23 teams in the U.S. and seven in Canada. Major League Soccer, generally viewed alongside the CFL in a tier below the top four leagues in continent-wide appeal, has 16 U.S. teams and three Canadian teams in the 2012 season.
- The Gaelic Athletic Association, which governs Gaelic games, is focused in the island of Ireland, although teams from London and New York City participate in its senior championships.
- Two major Australian leagues—the National Rugby League (rugby league) and A-League (association football)—have included a team from New Zealand since their inception.
- The vast majority of the teams competing in rugby league's Super League have been from England. Only three teams from outside the country, two from France and one from Wales, have ever competed in the league, and only one of these teams (from France) still exists.
- Although the Challenge Cup of rugby league includes teams from France, Wales, Scotland and Russia, the overwhelming majority of the competing teams are from England.
- The English association football pyramid includes several clubs from Wales, although Welsh clubs do not necessarily participate at every level in a given season. The 2010–11 Premier League was composed entirely of English clubs, but a Welsh club earned promotion from the Football League Championship for the 2011–12 season, and remains in the league for 2012–13.
- The Kontinental Hockey League is overwhelmingly focused on Russia, although it currently has teams in Belarus, the Czech Republic, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Slovakia, and Ukraine.
The Euroleague in basketball is transnational in that it includes teams from multiple European countries, but is domestic in the sense of being a championship for the single entity of Europe. It is governed by Euroleague Basketball (company), an explicitly pan-European body that is independent of the continental governing body of FIBA Europe.
This contrasts with leagues such as Super Rugby and Pro12, which operate in multiple countries with more than one team in each country, and also make no pretense of being a championship for a continental-size region.
- Docklands Stadium is a retractable-roof stadium used primarily for Australian rules football, association football, cricket and music events.
- Friends Arena is a retractable-roof stadium used primarily for association football and music events.
- Parken Stadium is a retractable-roof stadium used primarily for association football and music events.
Highest attendance by sport 
|Highest by Average||Highest by Total|
|American Football||National Football League||United States||68,240||National Football League||United States||17,469,552|
|Australian Football||Australian Football League||Australia||38,295||Australian Football League||Australia||7,084,759|
|Baseball||Major League Baseball||United States and Canada||30,138||Major League Baseball||United States and Canada||73,053,807|
|Basketball||NBA||United States and Canada||17,319||NBA||United States and Canada||21,302,573|
|Canadian Football||Canadian Football League||Canada||27,785||Canadian Football League||Canada||2,000,552|
|Ice Hockey||NHL||United States and Canada||17,460||NHL||United States and Canada||21,475,223|
|Rugby League||National Rugby League||Australia and New Zealand||17,367||National Rugby League||Australia and New Zealand||3,490,778|
|Rugby Union||Super Rugby||Australia, New Zealand and South Africa||21,504||Super Rugby||Australia, New Zealand and South Africa||2,021,376|
Semi-professional and amateur leagues & college 
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 Park 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, per-game home attendances for the highest level of competition, Division I FBS, in 2011 (the most recent season for which official attendance data has been released) ranged from 17,033 for Mid-American Conference teams to 75,832 for Southeastern Conference teams. NCAA Division I FBS football has the 2nd highest average attendance world-wide for any league-wide sport (behind the National Football League) and the 2nd highest overall attendance world-wide (behind Major League Baseball). For College Baseball, Dudy Noble Field, Polk-DeMent Stadium at Mississippi State University holds the on-campus attendance record at 14,991 and all of college baseball's Top 9 on-campus largest crowds.
|League||Sport||Country||Season||Games||Total attendance||Average attendance||Source|
|NCAA Division I FBS football||College American football||United States||2011||812||37,411,795||46,074|||
|GAA All-Ireland Championships||Gaelic games||Ireland||2009||95||1,523,000||16,032|||
|NCAA Division I FCS football||College American football||United States||2011||666||6,407,059||9,620|||
|Varsity Cup||Varsity Rugby||South Africa||2011||31||178,622||5,762|||
|NCAA Division I men's basketball||College basketball||United States||2011–12||5,335||27,691,051||5,190|||
|NCAA Division I men's hockey||Ice hockey||United States||2011–12||1,018||3,696,831||3,631|||
|United States Hockey League||Ice hockey||United States||2010-11||480||1,285,839||2,678|||
|NCAA Division I women's basketball||College basketball||United States||2011–12||5,004||8,177,111||1,634|||
Representative matches 
This list covers special annual matches for representative sides that are not covered elsewhere by international fixtures. They include state or regional matches, annual commemorative games and publicly voted all-star selections.
|Tournament||Sport||Country||Season||# of Teams||Games||Total attendance||Average
|NBA All-Star||Basketball||United States||2010||2||1||108,713||108,713|||
|NFL Pro Bowl||American football||United States||2010||2||1||70,697||70,697|||
|State of Origin||Rugby league||Australia||2011||2||3||186,607||62,202|||
|MLB All Star||Baseball||United States||2011||2||1||47,994||47,994|||
|E. J. Whitten Legends Game||Australian rules football||Australia||2012||2||1||26,221||26,221|||
|All Stars Match||Rugby league||Australia||2012||2||1||25,000||25,000|||
|MLS All-Star||Association football|| United States
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.
- 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.
International matches 
- 1The World 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.
- 2Attendances for Group A in the 2010 FIBA World Championship are not available, this figure is derived from games where attendances are recorded. An arena may host as much as four games per day, and patrons pay for all games.
International club championship final events 
These are restricted to final matches of international club events.
International club competition final (two decider matches) 
|Copa Libertadores||Association football||South America||||2008||62,662||Casa Blanca Stadium||Quito, Ecuador||86,027||Maracanã||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||148,689|
|CONCACAF Champions League||Association football||North America||First leg:
|2011||30,247||Estadio Tecnológico||Monterrey, Mexico||20,378||Rio Tinto Stadium||Sandy, Utah, United States||50,625|
|AFC Champions League||Association football||Asia||||2006||25,830||Jeonju World Cup Stadium||Jeonju, South Korea||40,000||Khaled bin Walid Stadium||Khaled, Iraq||65,830|
|Champions Hockey League||Ice hockey||Europe||(Report) (Report)||2009||7,700||Magnitogorsk Arena||Magnitogorsk||6,200||Diners Club Arena||Zurich||13,900|
See also 
- List of Major League Baseball attendance figures
- List of National Football League attendance figures
- List of National Hockey League attendance figures
- Average attendances of European football clubs
- 2010 Australian football code crowds
- List of ice hockey games with highest attendance
Notes and references 
- The actual number of regular-season games was 2,430. However, there were only 2,420 game dates because 10 regularly scheduled games were rained out and made up as "true" doubleheaders, in which one ticket admitted the holder to two games. "Day-night" doubleheaders, in which teams sell separate tickets to two games in a single day, are counted as two games.
- "MLB Attendance Report - 2011". ESPN.com. Retrieved 19 October 2011. Each season from 2001 through 2011 is available at this site. The desired season can be selected from a pull-down menu. Note that these statistics include only regular-season games.
- "NPB: Attendance figures from the first week". Yakyu Baka. 18 April 2011. Retrieved 21 October 2011.
- The actual number of regular-season games was 1,230. However, only games played in teams' regular home arenas are included in the calculations. In 2010–11, six teams—the Boston Bruins, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Minnesota Wild, Phoenix Coyotes, and San Jose Sharks—opened the season with two games in Europe as part of the annual NHL Premiere series, with each team losing one home game as a result. Two teams, the Calgary Flames and Pittsburgh Penguins, hosted outdoor events at large football stadiums, respectively the Heritage Classic and Winter Classic.
- "NHL Attendance Report - 2012". ESPN.com. Retrieved 13 October 2011. Each season from 2000–01 through 2010–11 is available at this site. The desired season can be selected from a pull-down menu. Note that these statistics include only regular-season games for each team played at their regular home arenas. The previously noted NHL Premiere games in Europe and the two outdoor games are not included in the calculations because they would not fairly reflect the teams' regular attendance, due either to geography or venue capacity.
- "NFL Attendance Report - 2011". ESPN.com. Retrieved 10 April 2012. Each season from 2001 through 2011 is available at this site. The desired season can be selected from a pull-down menu. Note that these statistics include only regular-season home games for each team. Two games are not included in this table — the Buffalo Bills' annual game in Toronto and the annual NFL International Series game in London. These games are referenced separately.
- "Box Score: Chicago Bears vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Wembley Stadium, London". ESPN.com. 23 October 2011. Retrieved 10 April 2012. (attendance 76,981)
- "Box Score: Washington Redskins vs. Buffalo Bills, Rogers Centre, Toronto". ESPN.com. 30 October 2011. Retrieved 10 April 2012. (attendance 51,579)
- Normally, each NBA season consists of 1,230 regular-season games, but the 2011–12 season was shortened due to a lockout.
- "NBA Attendance Report - 2012". ESPN.com. Retrieved 19 October 2011. Each season from 2000–01 through 2011–12 is available at this site. The desired season can be selected from a pull-down menu. Note also that these statistics are only for regular-season games.
- "Statistics: Number of Spectators". German Football Association. Retrieved 15 June 2012.
- One Welsh team played in the Premier League in 2011–12.
- "Barclays Premier League Stats: 2011-12". ESPN. Retrieved 11 July 2012.
- One Welsh team played in the Football League Championship in 2011–12.
- "English League Championship Stats: 2011-12". ESPN. Retrieved 11 July 2012.
- "Italian Serie A Stats: Team Attendance - 2011–12". ESPNsoccernet. Retrieved 12 July 2012.
- "NFL Attendance - 2011". ESPN. Retrieved 7 April 2012.
- "German Bundesliga Stats - 2011–12". ESPN FC. Deutsche Fußball Liga. Retrieved 13 May 2012.
- "Barclays Premier League Stats - 2011–12". ESPN FC. Retrieved 10 July 2012.
- "AFL Tables - Attendances".
- "MLB Attendance Report - 2012". ESPN.com. Retrieved 11 October 2012. Each season from 2001 through 2012 is available at this site. The desired season can be selected from a pull-down menu. Note that these statistics include only regular-season games.
- "Spanish La Liga Stats - 2011–12". ESPN FC. Retrieved 14 May 2012.
- "2012 CFL Schedule". Canadian Football League. Retrieved January 13, 2013. This number reflects regular-season games only. With the season's five playoff games included, total attendance was 2,223,250, an average of 28,990.
- "Primera División 2011/2012 Clausura".
- McNicol, Adam (29 September 2012). "Bloods, sweat & cheers in grand finale". Australian Football League. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
- "Chelsea's day". thefa.com. 5 May 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2012.
- "El Atlético reina en la Copa". 17 May 2013. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
- "Canterbury-Bankstown v Melbourne". 30 September 2012. Retrieved 3 October 2011.
- "Bradford 0–5 Swansea". BBC Sport. 24 February 2013. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
- "Cats show up for King Henry's ninth". Irish Times. 30 September 2012. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
- "Donegal 2-11 Mayo 0-13". RTÉ Sport. 23 September 2012. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
- "Harlequins Rugby Union : Rugby : Match Centre : Harlequins crowned Aviva Premiership Champions". Harlequins. 26 May 2012. Retrieved 5 April 2013.
- Le Beux, Baptiste (9 June 2012). "TOP 14 Orange, finale : une empreinte indélébile !" (in French). Ligue nationale de rugby. Retrieved 11 November 2012.
- "Challenge Cup final: Leeds Rhinos 18-35 Warrington Wolves". BBC Sport. 25 August 2012. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
- "Feuille de match Olympique Lyonnais - Olympique de Marseille". LFP.fr (in French). 14 April 2012. Retrieved 16 April 2012.
- Fletcher, Paul (19 May 2012). "Blackpool 1 - 2 West Ham". BBC Sport. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
- "Paris Saint-Germain (L1) 0-1 LOSC Lille Métropole (L1)". fff.fr (in French). 14 May 2011. Retrieved 20 May 2011.
- "DFB-Pokalfinale 2012". Ruhrnachrichten (in German). 12 May 2012. Retrieved 5 April 2013.
- Newsum, Matt (6 October 2012). "Grand Final: Leeds Rhinos beat Warrington to claim sixth title". BBC Sport. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
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- Arthur, Bruce (25 November 2012). "Argos close out magical season in Toronto with Grey Cup victory". National Post. Retrieved 2 December 2012.
- Rugby Week. 27 October 2012. Unknown parameter
- "Allstate BCS National Championship Game - Box Score - January 7, 2013". ESPN.com. January 7, 2013. Retrieved February 25, 2013.
- "Box Score: Michigan Wolverines vs Louisville Cardinals". ESPN.com. April 8, 2013. Retrieved April 10, 2013.
- "April 9, 2011: Minnesota Duluth (MND) vs. Michigan (MIC)". collegehockeystats.net. 9 April 2011. Retrieved 10 June 2011.
- This number is the average attendance per session. The NCAA Division I wrestling championship finals are contested in six sessions over three days, with separate ticketing for each session. The total attendance for the entire tournament was 112,393.
- "Box Score: Louisville Cardinals vs. Connecticut Huskies". ESPN.com. 9 April 2013. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
- "CSKA Moscow vs. Olympiacos Pireaus". Euroleague.net. 13 May 2012. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
- "GF2 Report: Breakers three-peat after epic clash with Wildcats". nbl.com.au. 12 April 2013. Retrieved 13 April 2013.
- "GAA attendance figures". Retrieved 27 November 2006.
- "2011 National College Football Attendance (For All NCAA Men's Varsity Teams)" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved 26 January 2012. 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.
- "Attendances up but take from ticket sales down". The Irish Times. 10 October 2009.
- "Varsity Cup".
- The actual number of games is slightly greater than the cited figure. In postseason tournaments, tickets are sold for "sessions" instead of games. For example, in the NCAA men's tournament, in which 67 games are played in all, tickets are sold for 36 sessions. All tournament sessions consist of two games, except for the four regional finals and the national championship game; a single ticket admits the holder to both games of a two-game session.
- "2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Attendance (For All NCAA Varsity Teams)" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved December 2, 2012.
- This figure covers all games, including the NCAA tournament and other postseason tournaments.
- "Men's Attendance: 2011–12 Attendance" (PDF). 2012–13 NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Records Book. NCAA. Retrieved February 25, 2013. This figure includes only regular-season home games for each team. It includes special outdoor events, but does not include neutral-site games, conference tournaments, or the NCAA tournament.
- "2012 NCAA Women's Basketball Attendance" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved December 2, 2012.
- NBA.com All-Star 2010
- Jackson, Glenn (25 May 2011). "Gallant Blues come close but still no banana". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 6 July 2011. (Game I, attendance 52,144)
- Jackson, Glenn (16 June 2011). "Will power and Gallen of grunt get the job done". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 6 July 2011. (Game II, attendance 81,965)
- Jackson, Glenn (6 July 2011). "Ruthless Maroons expose huge gulf in class". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 6 July 2011. (Game III, attendance 52,498)
- Gilbert, Steve (12 July 2011). "Royal blast: Prince's homer lifts NL past AL". MLB.com. Retrieved 2 August 2011.
- Since 2005, the game has featured an MLS all-star team against a visiting foreign club team.
- "MatchCenter: MLS All-Star Team vs. Chelsea FC, July 25, 2012". Major League Soccer. July 25, 2012. Retrieved December 2, 2012.
- "Warrington Wolves 30-6 Leeds Rhinos(aet) ()". BBC Sport. 28 August 2010. Retrieved 31 March 2009.
- Bloom, Barry M., MLB.com (24 March 2009). "Ichiro lifts Japan to Classic glory". WorldBaseballClassic.com. Retrieved 24 March 2009.
- Palmer, Bryn (19 May 2012). "Heineken Cup final: Leinster beat Ulster to retain trophy". BBC Sport. Retrieved 19 May 2012.
- McNulty, Phil (19 May 2012). "Champions League Results: Bayern Munich 1–1 Chelsea". BBC Sport. Retrieved 19 May 2012.
- Growden, Greg (10 July 2011). "Simply Reds: Genia wonder try secures Super title". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 23 August 2011.
- As of the 2010–11 season, Ireland and Wales field four teams each, and Italy and Scotland field two each.
- "Super Shane goes out with a bang" (Press release). RaboDirect Pro12. 27 May 2012. Retrieved 2 December 2012.
- "Champions League 2010/2011 Info: Monterrey – Real Salt Lake". CONCACAF. 20 April 2011. Retrieved 23 August 2011.
- "Champions League 2010/2011 Info: Real Salt Lake – Monterrey". CONCACAF. 27 April 2011. Retrieved 23 August 2011.