List of IIHF World Championships by attendance

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A list of the top 30 most attended IIHF World Championships (out of 76 total). The 2015 tournament, in Prague and Ostrava (Czech Republic), holds the record for overall attendance and the record for average spectators per game. Not included are the Olympic tournaments, which though they are run as an IIHF tournament, have been separate from the World Championships since 1972.
Despite reluctance in some circles to have such a tournament in Olympic years, the three most attended World Championships overall have taken place on years that coincided with the holding of a best-on-best tournament, either the Olympics (2010 and 2014) or the World Cup of Hockey (2004).

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 64 in 2012 and beyond, therefore "attendance per game" is an equally important statistic to measure the success of a given tournament. Nine tournaments have had averages over 9,000 spectators per game, and five have topped the 10,000 mark.
In an effort to broaden the sport's appeal, the number of top division teams was also increased from a mere 8 (as late as 1991) to 16 (starting in 1998), leading to an influx of lesser teams that could negatively impact average attendance. To combat this, some organizers have aggressively pushed the sale of day passes that bundle popular games with less sought-after ones.

There are three countries with four of the top 30 most attended tournaments Czech republic, Sweden and Finland, and three countries with three of the top 30 most attended tournaments; Austria, Switzerland and Germany. There are 13 separate nations who have hosted the championships at least once, and are represented on the top 30.

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Year Host country Total attendance Number of games Attendance per game Ref
2015  Czech Republic 741,690 64 11,589 [1]
2014  Belarus 640,044 64 10,001 [2]
2004  Czech Republic 552,097 56 9,859 [3]
2010  Germany 548,768 56 9,799 [4]
1997  Finland 526,172 52 10,119 [5]
2008  Canada 477,040 54 8,834
2012  Finland &  Sweden 451,054 64 7,048
2003  Finland 449,193 56 8,021 [6]
2013  Sweden† &  Finland 427,818 64 6,685
1985  Czechoslovakia 411,659 40 10,291 [7]
2001  Germany 407,547 56 7,277
2011  Slovakia 406,804 56 7,264
1989  Sweden 388,190 40 9,704
2009   Switzerland 379,044 56 6,768
1986  Soviet Union 362,710 40 9,067
1979  Soviet Union 354,500 32 11,078
2007  Russia 330,708 56 5,905
1995  Sweden 325,571 40 8,139
2006  Latvia 324,794 56 5,799
2005  Austria 323,974 56 5,785
2000  Russia 318,449 56 5,686
1991  Finland 310,627 40 7,765
2002  Sweden 305,541 56 5,456
1978  Czechoslovakia 248,920 40 6,223
1992  Czechoslovakia 246,173 39 6,312
1990   Switzerland 236,150 40 5,903
1998   Switzerland 231,748 49 5,903
1993  Germany 224,892 41 5,485
1981  Sweden 221,515 32 6,922
1987  Austria 216,125 40 5,403
† = indicates teams who won the championship as hosts

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