List of sports attendance figures

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This article lists the attendance 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. Top leagues in weekly attendance includes speedway sports.

World Sport Map
The Melbourne Cricket Ground during the 2015 Cricket World Cup Final with 93,013 in attendance.

Domestic professional leagues[edit]

Top 10 leagues in total attendance[edit]

League Sport Country Season Games Average
attendance
Total
attendance
Major League Baseball Baseball United States / Canada 2015 2,430 30,517[1] 73,760,020
Nippon Professional Baseball Baseball Japan 2015 848 28,248[2] 24,236,920
National Basketball Association Basketball United States / Canada 2015–16 1,230 17,864[3] 21,972,129
National Hockey League Ice hockey United States / Canada 2015–16 1,230 17,481[4] 21,501,156
National Football League American football United States 2015 256 68,400[5] 17,510,312
Premier League Association football England / Wales 2015–16 380 36,451[6] 13,851,698
Bundesliga Association football Germany 2015–16 306 42,421 [7] 12,980,815
La Liga Association football Spain 2015–16 380 27,739 [8] 10,541,068
Football League Championship Association football England / Wales 2015–16 552 17,577 [9] 9,703,004
Ligue 1 Association football France 2015–16 380 20,894 [10] 7,939,636

Top 10 Stadiums in total attendance in a calendar year[edit]

Stadium Sport(s) Country Season Games Average
attendance
Total
attendance
Dodger Stadium Baseball United States 2015 81 46,479 3,764,815
Yankee Stadium Baseball / Association Football United States 2015 2015 97 38,011 3,687,062
Busch Stadium Baseball United States 2015 81 43,467 3,520,889
AT&T Park Baseball United States 2015 81 41,677 3,375,882
Melbourne Cricket Ground Cricket / Australian Rules Football / Association Football Australia / International 2015 2015 2015 60 51,859 3,111,593
Angel Stadium of Anaheim Baseball United States 2015 81 37,194 3,012,765
Tokyo Dome Baseball Japan 2015 71 42,270 3,001,187
Wrigley Field Baseball United States 2015 81 36,540 2,959,812
Fenway Park Baseball United States 2015 81 35,564 2,880,694
Koshien Stadium Baseball Japan 2015 71 39,977 2,878,352

Top 10 leagues in average attendance[edit]

League Sport Country Season Teams Games Total
attendance
Average
attendance
National Football League American football United States 2015 32 256 17,510,312 68,400 [5]
Bundesliga Association football Germany 2013–14 18 306 13,311,300 43,501 [7]
Premier League Association football England / Wales 2015–16 20 380 13,851,698 36,451 [6]
Australian Football League Australian rules football Australia 2014 18 207 6,954,585 33,598 [11][Note 1]
Indian Premier League Twenty20 Cricket India 2014 8 60 1,905,000 31,750 [12]
Major League Baseball Baseball United States / Canada 2015 30 2,430 73,760,020 30,517 [1]
Big Bash League Twenty20 Cricket Australia 2015–16 8 35 1,030,495 29,443 [12][13]
Nippon Professional Baseball Baseball Japan 2015 12 848 24,236,920 28,248 [14]
Indian Super League Association football India 2015 8 60 1,634,008 27,111 [citation needed]
La Liga Association football Spain 2013–14 20 380 10,242,900 26,955 [15]

Highest attendance by sport[edit]

Sport League Country Average
Attendance
Total
Attendance
Motor racing Formula One International 100,482 1,909,158
American football National Football League United States 68,400 17,510,312
Association football Bundesliga Germany 43,300[16] 13,249,778
Australian football Australian Football League Australia 33,428 6,886,266
Cricket Indian Premier League India 31,750 1,905,000
Baseball Major League Baseball United States and Canada 30,517 73,760,020
Hurling All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Ireland 24,818[17] 403,434
Canadian football Canadian Football League Canada 24,737 2,003,714
Rugby union Super Rugby Argentina, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and South Africa 20,384 2,547,978
Basketball National Basketball Association United States and Canada 17,864 21,972,129
Ice hockey National Hockey League United States and Canada 17,481 21,501,156
Gaelic football All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Ireland 17,284[18] 553,076
Rugby league National Rugby League Australia and New Zealand 16,074 3,230,867
Indoor lacrosse National Lacrosse League United States and Canada 9,123 830,206
Arena football Arena Football League United States 8,947 957,414
Indoor soccer Major Indoor Soccer League United States 4,658 326,060
Handball Handball-Bundesliga Germany 4,585 1,568,167
Field Lacrosse Major League Lacrosse United States and Canada 4,384 245,528
Netball ANZ Championship Australia and New Zealand 4,072 293,184
Bandy Russian Bandy Super League Russia 2,665 538,412
Volleyball Lega Pallavolo Serie A Italy 2,446 381,576
Pesäpallo Superpesis Finland 1,389 250,098
Softball National Pro Fastpitch United States 1,127 135,331
Floorball Swedish Super League (men's floorball) Sweden 972 208,008

Top leagues in weekly attendance[edit]

Note that other ticketed activities in motor sports such as practices and qualifying are not included in the number of "games" in a week.

League Sport Country Season Teams Games Total
attendance
Average
attendance
Games /
week (*)
Weekly
attendance (*)
Tour de France Cycling–Road France / England 2014 22 21 12,000,000 571,429 7 4,000,003
Giro d'Italia Cycling–Road Italy / Northern Ireland / Ireland 2014 22 21 11,800,000 561,905 7 3,933,335
Vuelta a España Cycling–Road Spain 2014 22 21 2,500,000 119,048 7 833,336
Major League Baseball Baseball United States / Canada 2015 30 2,430 73,760,020 30,517 7 213,619
Indian Premier League Cricket India 2008 8 59 3,422,000 58,000 3 174,000
Formula 1 Motor racing World 2009 10 17 2,747,419 161,613 1 161,613
Nippon Professional Baseball Baseball Japan 2014 12 864 22,859,351 26,457 6 158,742
MotoGP Motor racing World 2014 16 18 2,473,624 137,423 1 137,423
NASCAR Motor racing United States 2013 19 36 3,594,708 99,853 1 99,853
Indy Car Motor racing United States / Canada / Japan 2009 13 17 1,555,772 91,516 1 91,516
KBO League Baseball South Korea 2012 8 532 7,156,157 13,451 6 80,706
National Basketball Association Basketball United States / Canada 2015–16 30 1,230 21,972,129 17,864 4 71,456
National Hockey League Ice hockey United States / Canada 2015–16 30 1,230 21,501,156 17,481 4 69,924
National Football League American football United States 2015 32 254 17,510,312 68,400 1 68,400
Big Bash League Cricket Australia 2015–16 8 35 TBC 29,443 2 58,886
Mexican Pacific League Baseball Mexico 2014–15 8 272 2,194,499 8,068 6 48,408
Liga Venezolana de Beisbol Baseball Venezuela 2013–14 8 252 1,996,757 7,923 6 47,538
International League (AAA)[I] Baseball United States 2014 14 966 7,021,590 7,269 6 43,614
Bundesliga Association football Germany 2013-14 18 306 13,311,145 43,502 1 43,502
Pacific Coast League (AAA)[I] Baseball United States 2014 16 1,114 7,001,658 6,285 6 37,710
Premier League Association football England / Wales 2015–16 20 380 13,851,698 38,519 1 38,519
Super GT Motor racing Japan / Malaysia 2013 37 8 278,900 34,862 1 34,862
Australian Football League Australian rules football Australia 2014 18 198 6,384,742 32,246 9 290,214
Texas League Baseball United States 2014 8 541 2,840,914 5,251 6 31,506
Chinese Baseball League Baseball Taiwan 2013 4 240 1,459,072 6,079 5 30,395
Eastern League Baseball United States 2014 12 802 3,705,945 4,868 6 29,208
Liga Mexicana de Béisbol Baseball Mexico 2014 16 847 3,997,770 4,720 6 28,320
La Liga Association football Spain 2013–14 20 380 10,242,900 26,955 1 26,955

* Games in a week only by team

* Weekly attendance only by team

Top leagues in recent domestic club championship event attendance[edit]

Inside Wembley Stadium
The annual UAAP Cheerdance Competition routinely sells out the Smart Araneta Coliseum, Southeast Asia's largest indoor arena.

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, which had long been the country's largest indoor sports venue before the construction of Philippine Arena.

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 Melbourne Cricket Ground (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, one transnational club event in rugby union (whose final attendance is listed in a separate table) uses a very different system. In Super Rugby, the final is awarded to the finalist that finished higher in the league table during the regular season. Another transnational club event in the same sport, Pro12 (formerly Celtic League), used the same method to determine the host of its final until 2015, when it began to use a predetermined site.

Of the eight American college sports conferences that sponsor football in the top-level Division I FBS that have season-ending conference championship games, four have a permanent site for their title games and four award hosting rights to the division champion with the better record in conference play (with tiebreakers used as needed).

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, in recent years becoming increasingly accepted as a fifth "major league", has 17 U.S. teams and three Canadian teams in the current 2016 season, and will add at least three more U.S. teams by 2018.
  • The Gaelic Athletic Association, which governs Gaelic games, is mostly restricted to 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) currently competes at this level.
  • 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. Since the 2011–12 season, a Welsh club (Swansea City) has competed in the Premier League, and a second Welsh club (Cardiff City) competed for one year in the 2013–14 season before being relegated.
  • The Kontinental Hockey League is overwhelmingly focused on Russia, although as of the current 2016–17 season it has teams in Belarus, China, Croatia, Finland, Kazakhstan, Latvia, and Slovakia.

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 the 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 most (Super Rugby) or all (Pro12) of their participating countries, and also make no pretense of being a championship for a continental-size region.

Event Sport Country Competition Crowd Year Venue City Ref
Top 14 Final Rugby union France Top 14 99,124 2016 Camp Nou[i 1] Barcelona [20]
AFL Grand Final Australian rules football Australia Australian Football League 98,632 2015 Melbourne Cricket Ground Melbourne [21]
FA Cup Final Association football England FA Cup 88,619 2016 Wembley Stadium London [22]
Football League Championship Play-off Association football England Football League Championship 85,656 2015 Wembley Stadium London [23]
Copa del Rey Final Association football Spain Copa del Rey 85,000 2013 Santiago Bernabéu Stadium Madrid [24]
NRL Grand Final Rugby league Australia National Rugby League 82,758 2015 ANZ Stadium Sydney [25]
All-Ireland Hurling Championship Final Hurling Ireland All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship 82,300 2015 Croke Park Dublin [26]
League Cup Final[i 2] Association football England League Cup 82,206 2016 Wembley Stadium London [27]
All-Ireland Football Championship Final Gaelic football Ireland All-Ireland Senior Football Championship 82,184 2014 Croke Park Dublin [28]
FA Community Shield Association football England FA Community Shield 80,235 2013 Wembley Stadium London [29]
Challenge Cup Final Rugby league England Challenge Cup 80,140 2015 Wembley Stadium London [30]
Coupe de la Ligue Final Association football France Coupe de la Ligue 78,877 2012 Stade de France Saint-Denis [31]
Aviva Premiership Final Rugby union England Aviva Premiership 77,109 2016 Twickenham London [32]
Coupe de France Final Association football France Coupe de France 76,293 2012 Stade de France Saint-Denis [33]
College Football Playoff National Championship American football United States College Football Playoff 75,765 2016 University of Phoenix Stadium Glendale [34]
SEC Championship Game American football United States Southeastern Conference football 75,320 2015 Georgia Dome Atlanta [35]
DFB-Pokal Final Association football Germany DFB-Pokal 74,794 2012 Olympiastadion Berlin [36]
ACC Championship Game American football United States Atlantic Coast Conference football 74,514 2015 Bank of America Stadium Charlotte [37]
NCAA Division I Basketball Championship Basketball United States NCAA basketball 74,340 2016 NRG Stadium Houston [38]
Super League Grand Final Rugby league England Super League 73,512 2015 Old Trafford Manchester [39]
Football League Trophy Final[i 3] Association football England Football League Trophy 72,315 2015 Wembley Stadium London [40]
Super Bowl American football United States NFL 71,088 2016 Levi's Stadium Santa Clara [41]
Coppa Italia Final Association football Italy Coppa Italia 70,000 2012 Stadio Olimpico Rome [42]
Copa do Brasil Final Association football Brazil Copa do Brasil 68,857 2013 Estádio do Maracanã Rio de Janeiro [43]
Big Ten Championship Game American football United States Big Ten Conference football 66,985 2015 Lucas Oil Stadium Indianapolis [44]
Super Rugby Grand Final Rugby union Australia Super Rugby 61,823 2014 ANZ Stadium Sydney [45]
Pac-12 Championship Game American football United States Pac-12 Conference football 58,476 2015 Levi's Stadium Santa Clara [46]
Scottish Cup Final Association football Scotland Scottish Cup 51,254 2013 Hampden Park Glasgow [47]
A-League Grand Final Association football Australia A-League 51,153 2013–14 Suncorp Stadium Brisbane [48]
Currie Cup Rugby union South Africa Currie Cup 47,987 2012 Kings Park Stadium Durban [49]
World Series Game 5 Baseball United States Major League Baseball 44,859 2015 Citi Field New York City
SANFL Grand Final Australian rules football Australia South Australian National Football League 38,644 2014 Adelaide Oval Adelaide [50]
Munster Senior Hurling Championship Final Hurling Ireland Munster Senior Hurling Championship 43,084 2015 Semple Stadium Thurles
Swedish Bandy Championship Final Bandy Sweden Elitserien 38,474 2013 Friends Arena[i 4] Solna/Stockholm [51]
Leinster Senior Hurling Championship Final Hurling Ireland Leinster Senior Hurling Championship 36,657 2013 Croke Park Dublin
Grey Cup Canadian football Canada Canadian Football League 36,634 2015 Investors Group Field Winnipeg [52]
Danish Handball League Playoff final Handball Denmark Danish Handball League 36,551 2011 Parken Stadium[i 5] Copenhagen [53]
American Athletic Conference Championship Game American football United States American Athletic Conference football 35,721 2015 TDECU Stadium Houston [54]
National Rugby League Preliminary final, 23 September 2007 Rugby League Australia National Rugby League 33,427 2007 Docklands Stadium[i 6] Melbourne [55]
Japan Series Game 5 Baseball Japan Nippon Professional Baseball 31,239 2015 Meiji Jingu Stadium Tokyo
Norwegian Cup Final Association football Norway Norwegian Football Cup 26,582 2014 Ullevaal Stadion Oslo [56]
UAAP Cheerdance Competition Cheerleading Philippines UAAP cheerdance 25,388 2015 Mall of Asia Arena Pasay [57]
Korean Series Game 5 Baseball South Korea Korea Professional Baseball 25,000 2015 Jamsil Baseball Stadium Seoul [58]
VFL Grand Final Australian rules football Australia Victorian Football League 23,816 2014 Etihad Stadium Melbourne [59]
PBA Philippine Cup Finals Game 7 Basketball Philippines Philippine Basketball Association 23,616 2015–16 Mall of Asia Arena Pasay [60]
UAAP Men's Basketball Finals Game 3 Basketball Philippines UAAP basketball 23,124 2015 Mall of Asia Arena Pasay [61]
PBA Philippine Cup Finals Game 7 Basketball Philippines Philippine Basketball Association 22,511 2014–15 Smart Araneta Coliseum Quezon City [62]
NCAA Division I Football Championship[63] American football United States NCAA (FCS) 21,836 2016 Toyota Stadium Frisco [64]
MLS Cup Association football United States MLS 21,747 2015 MAPFRE Stadium Columbus [65]
National Hurling League Final Hurling Ireland National Hurling League 21,601 2014 Semple Stadium Thurles [66]
Mountain West Conference Football Championship Game American football United States Mountain West Conference football 20,959 2015 Qualcomm Stadium San Diego [67]
ACC Men's Basketball Tournament Championship Game Basketball United States Atlantic Coast Conference men's basketball 20,719 2016 Verizon Center Washington [68]
UAAP Women's Volleyball Finals Game 2 Volleyball Philippines UAAP volleyball 20,705 2014–15 Mall of Asia Arena Pasay [69]
Southeastern Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Championship Game Basketball United States Southeastern Conference men's basketball 20,315 2015 Bridgestone Arena Nashville [70]
NCAA Men's Basketball Finals Game 3 Basketball Philippines NCAA (Philippines) men's basketball 20,158 2015 Mall of Asia Arena Pasay [71]
Taiwan Series Game 7 Baseball Taiwan Chinese Professional Baseball League 20,000 2015 Taoyuan International Baseball Stadium Taoyuan City [72]
NBA Finals Game 7 Basketball United States NBA 19,596 2016 Oracle Arena Oakland [73]
NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Championship Game Ice hockey United States NCAA ice hockey 19,358 2016 Amalie Arena Tampa [74]
Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament Championship Game Basketball United States Big 12 Conference men's basketball 19,075 2015 Sprint Center Kansas City [75]
WNBA Finals Game 5 Basketball United States WNBA 18,933 2015 Target Center Minneapolis [76]
NCAA Division I Wrestling Championship Collegiate wrestling United States NCAA 18,836[Note 2] 2015 Scottrade Center St. Louis [77]
NHL Stanley Cup Finals Game 5 Ice hockey United States NHL 18,713 2014 Staples Center Los Angeles [78]
DEL Finals Game 7 Ice hockey Germany DEL 18,666 2014 Lanxess Arena Cologne [79]
Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Championship Game Basketball United States Big Ten Conference men's basketball 17,123 2015 United Center Chicago [80]
Mexican Pacific League Serie Final Game 5 Baseball Mexico Mexican Pacific League 16,890 2014–15 Estadio General Ángel Flores Culiacán [81]
Conference USA Football Championship Game American football United States Conference USA football 16,823 2015 Houchens Stadium Bowling Green [82]
Novo Basquete Brasil Final Basketball Brazil NBB 15,449 2014 HSBC Arena Rio de Janeiro [83]
Champion's Cup Final Game 2 Indoor lacrosse Canada NLL 15,182 2016 SaskTel Centre Saskatoon [84]
MAC Championship Game American football United States Mid-American Conference football 15,110 2014 Ford Field Detroit [85]
British Basketball League Play-off Final Game 5 Basketball United Kingdom British Basketball League 14,700 2014–15 The O2 Arena London [86]
NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championship Basketball United States NCAA basketball 14,514 2016 Bankers Life Fieldhouse Indianapolis [87]
PBA Governors' Cup Finals Game 4 Basketball Philippines Philippine Basketball Association 14,246 2014–15 Smart Araneta Coliseum Quezon City [88]
Superliga Final Volleyball Brazil Superliga 14,000 2014[pt] Mineirinho Belo Horizonte [89]
Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Championship Game Basketball United States Missouri Valley Conference men's basketball 13,552 2015 Scottrade Center St. Louis [90]
NBL Grand Final Game 3 Basketball Australia NBL 13,498 2014 Perth Arena Perth [91]
Big East Men's Basketball Tournament Championship Game Basketball United States Big East Conference men's basketball 13,471 2015 Madison Square Garden New York City [92]
American Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Championship Game Basketball United States American Athletic Conference men's basketball 13,365 2015 XL Center Hartford [93]
LVBP Serie Final Game 4 Baseball Venezuela Liga Venezolana de Beisbol Profesional 13,219 2014–15 Estadio José Bernardo Pérez Valencia, Carabobo [94]
Serie A Finals Game 7 Basketball Italy Lega Basket Serie A 12,331 2014 Mediolanum Forum Milan [95]
LBPPR Serie Final Game 6 Baseball Puerto Rico Liga de Béisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente 12,000 2014–15 Hiram Bithorn Stadium San Juan, Puerto Rico [96]
Euroleague Final Basketball Europe Euroleague 11,843 2014 Mediolanum Forum Milan [97]
Copa del Rey de Baloncesto Final Basketball Spain Liga ACB 11,000 2014 Martín Carpena Málaga [98]
Women's Superliga Final Volleyball Brazil Women's Superliga 10,500 2014[pt] Maracanãzinho Rio de Janeiro [99]
PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals Game 4 Basketball Philippines Philippine Basketball Association 10,221 2013–14 PhilSports Arena Pasig [100]
LIDOM Serie Final Game 6 Baseball Dominican Republic Dominican Professional Baseball League 10,012 2014–15 Estadio Julián Javier San Francisco de Macorís [101]
Mountain West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Championship Game Basketball United States Mountain West Conference men's basketball 10,002 2015 Thomas & Mack Center Las Vegas [102]
Lietuvos krepšinio lyga Finals Game 6 Basketball Lithuania LKL 9,379 2014 Žalgiris Arena Kaunas [103]
Triple-A Baseball National Championship Game Baseball United States minor league baseball 9,332 2015 Southwest University Park El Paso [104]
The Summit League Men's Basketball Tournament Championship Game Basketball United States The Summit League men's basketball 9,033 2015 Denny Sanford Premier Center Sioux Falls, South Dakota [105]
West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Championship Game Basketball United States West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament men's basketball 8,595 2015 Orleans Arena Las Vegas [106]
Conference USA Men's Basketball Tournament Championship Game Basketball United States Conference USA men's basketball 8,279 2015 Legacy Arena at BJCC Birmingham [75]
Supercopa de España de Baloncesto Final Basketball Spain Liga ACB 8,217 2013 Fernando Buesa Arena Vitoria-Gasteiz [107]
NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship Championship Game Association football United States NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship 8,015 2014 WakeMed Soccer Park Cary [108]
SHL Finals Game 4 Ice hockey Sweden SHL 7,843 2014 Löfbergs Arena Karlstad [109]
Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Tournament Championship Game Basketball United States Atlantic 10 Conference men's basketball 7,685 2015 Barclays Center Brooklyn [110]
NLA Finals Game 4 Ice hockey Switzerland NLA 7,624 2014 Kolping Arena Kloten [111]
Liga ACB Finals Game 4 Basketball Spain Liga ACB 7,537 2014 Palau Blaugrana Barcelona [112]
KHL Gagarin Cup Finals Game 7 Ice hockey Russia KHL 7,482 2014 Arena Metallurg Magnitogorsk [113]
Super League XX Super 8s Play-off game Rugby League England Super League 7,246 2015 Belle Vue Wakefield [114]
Queensland Cup Grand Final Rugby League Australia Queensland Cup 7,135 2014 Suncorp Stadium Brisbane [115]
Extraliga Finals Game 5 Ice hockey Czech Republic Czech Extraliga 7,000 2014 Luďka Čajky Zlín [116]
Basketball Bundesliga Finals Game 5 Basketball Germany Basketball Bundesliga 6,800 2014–15 Brose Arena Bamberg [117]
Liiga Finals Game 7 Ice hockey Finland Liiga 6,614 2014 Oulun Energia Areena Oulu [118]
MISL Finals Mini-Game Tie Breaker Indoor soccer United States MISL 6,447 2014 Baltimore Arena Baltimore [119]
Calder Cup Finals Game 3 Ice hockey United States AHL 6,375 2013 War Memorial Arena Syracuse [120]
Atlantic Sun Men's Basketball Tournament Championship Game Basketball United States Atlantic Sun Conference men's basketball 6,155 2015 UNF Arena Jacksonville [121]
Colonial Athletic Association Men's Basketball Tournament Championship Game Basketball United States Colonial Athletic Association men's basketball 6,155 2015 Royal Farms Arena Baltimore [122]
Serie del Rey Game 5 Baseball Mexico Liga Mexicana de Béisbol 5,853 2015 Estadio Monclova Monclova [123]
Ohio Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Championship Game Basketball United States Ohio Valley Conference men's basketball 5,293 2015 Nashville Municipal Auditorium Nashville [124]
National Invitation Tournament Final Basketball United States NIT 5,268 2014 Madison Square Garden New York City [125]
MAC Men's Basketball Tournament Championship Game Basketball United States Mid-American Conference men's basketball 5,266 2015 Quicken Loans Arena Cleveland [126]
Serie A1 Finals Game 4 Volleyball Italy Serie A1 5,187 2014[it] PalaEvangelisti (it) Perugia [127]
Southern Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Championship Game Basketball United States Southern Conference men's basketball 5,153 2015 U.S. Cellular Center Asheville [128]
Southland Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Championship Game Basketball United States Southland Conference men's basketball 5,016 2015 Leonard E. Merrell Center Katy [75]
A-1 Liga Finals Game 4 Basketball Croatia A-1 Liga 5,000 2012–13 Dražen Petrović Basketball Hall Zagreb [129]
NBA D-League Finals Game 2 Basketball United States NBA Development League 4,719 2013–14 War Memorial Coliseum Fort Wayne [130]
Horizon League Men's Basketball Tournament Championship Game Basketball United States Horizon League men's basketball 4,713 2015 Athletics-Recreation Center Valparaiso [131]
CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament Championship Game Basketball United States CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament 4,549 2015 Ford Center Evansville [132]
VTB United League Finals Game 3 Basketball Russia VTB United League 4,505 2014 USK CSKA Moscow [133]
America East Men's Basketball Tournament Championship Game Basketball United States America East Conference men's basketball 4,468 2015 SEFCU Arena Albany [134]
College Basketball Invitational Finals Game 3 Basketball United States College Basketball Invitational 4,460 2015 Fant-Ewing Coliseum Monroe [135]
National Collegiate Women's Ice Hockey Championship Game Ice hockey United States NCAA ice hockey 3,400 2015 Ridder Arena Minneapolis [136]
Slovenian Basketball League Finals Game 4 Basketball Slovenia Slovenian Basketball League 3,300 2012–13 Arena Stožice Ljubljana [137]
MAAC Men's Basketball Tournament Championship Game Basketball United States Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference men's basketball 2,963 2015 Times Union Center Albany [128]
Big South Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Championship Game Basketball United States Big South Conference men's basketball 2,957 2015 HTC Center Conway [138]
Australian Baseball League Championship series Game 2 Baseball Australia Australian Baseball League 2,043 2013 Narrabundah Ballpark Canberra [139]
Serie A1 (baseball) Italian Baseball series Game 4 Baseball Italy Italian Baseball League 2,000 2015 Stadio dei Pirati Rimini [140]
Northeast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Championship Game Basketball United States Northeast Conference men's basketball 1,013 2015 Pope Physical Education Center Brooklyn [131]
  1. ^ The Top 14 final is traditionally held at Stade de France in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis. The 2016 final was moved to Camp Nou because of a scheduling conflict with UEFA Euro 2016.[19]
  2. ^ Competition name changed to "EFL Cup" effective with the 2016–17 tournament, following the renaming of the sponsoring organisation from The Football League to the English Football League.
  3. ^ Competition name changed to "EFL Trophy" effective with the 2016–17 tournament, following the renaming of the sponsoring organisation from The Football League to the English Football League.
  4. ^ Friends Arena is a retractable-roof stadium used primarily for association football and music events.
  5. ^ Parken Stadium is a retractable-roof stadium used primarily for association football and music events.
  6. ^ Docklands Stadium is a retractable-roof stadium used primarily for Australian rules football, association football, cricket and music events.

Semi-professional and amateur leagues[edit]

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 Park for the respective finals.[141]

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 the 2015 season ranged from 15,316 for Mid-American Conference teams to 78,630 for Southeastern Conference teams.[142][Note 3] 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 15,586[143] and all of college baseball's Top 11 on-campus largest crowds.

League Sport Country Season Games Total attendance Average
attendance
Source
NCAA Division I FBS football College American football United States 2015 864 37,957,921 43,933 [142]
All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Hurling Ireland 2014 11 272,996 24,818 [144]
All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Gaelic football Ireland 2015 32 553,076 17,284 [145] [144]
NCAA Division I FCS football College American football United States 2015 668 5,571,456 8,341 [142]
Cuban National Series Baseball Cuba 2006–07 720 4,759,200 6,610 [146]
Varsity Cup Varsity Rugby South Africa 2011 31 178,622 5,762 [147]
NCAA Division I men's basketball College basketball United States 2014–15 5,552[Note 4] 27,422,615[Note 5] 4,939 [148]
NCAA Division I men's hockey Ice hockey United States 2011–12 1,018 3,696,831 3,631 [149][Note 6]
NCAA Division I women's basketball College basketball United States 2014–15 5,184[Note 4] 8,111,856[Note 5] 1,565 [150]

Representative matches[edit]

This list covers special annual matches for representative sides that are not covered elsewhere by international or domestic fixtures. They include state or regional matches, annual commemorative games and publicly voted all-star selections. This type of events are unknown within European nations.

Tournament Sport Country Season # of Teams Games Total attendance Average
attendance
Stadium(s) Source(s)
State of Origin Rugby league Australia 2015 2 3 224,135 74,712 ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
MCG, Melbourne
[151][152][153]
NFL Pro Bowl American football United States 2015 2 1 63,225 63,225 University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale [154]
A-League All Stars Association football Australia 2014 2[Note 7] 1 55,364 55,364 ANZ Stadium, Sydney [155]
MLB All Star Baseball United States 2015 2 1 43,656 43,656 Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati [156]
All Stars Match Rugby league Australia 2013 2 1 41,021 41,021 Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane [157]
Major League Baseball Japan All-Star Series Baseball Japan 2014 2 5 195,228 39,046 Osaka Dome, Osaka
Tokyo Dome, Tokyo
Sapporo Dome, Sapporo
[158][159][160][161][162]
Senior Bowl American football United States 2014 2 1 37,914 37,914 Ladd Peebles Stadium, Mobile [163]
E. J. Whitten Legends Game Australian rules football Australia 2014 2 1 27,800 27,800 Etihad Stadium, Melbourne [164]
NHL All-Star Ice hockey United States 2015 2 1 18,901 18,901 Nationwide Arena, Columbus [165]
MLS All-Star Association football United States 2015 2[Note 8] 1 18,671 18,671 Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City [166]
NBA All-Star Basketball United States 2015 2 1 17,198 17,198 Madison Square Garden, New York City [167]

International club competitions[edit]

This section lists the attendances at international competitions between sport clubs, ranked by total attendance. 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.

Tournament Sport Region(s) Year Games Total
attendance
Average
attendance
Source
UEFA Champions League Association football Europe 2015–16 125 5,128,020 41,024 [168][169]
FIFA Club World Cup Association football Worldwide 2015 8 272,312 34,039 [170]
Champions League T20 Cricket Worldwide 2014 28 856,089 30,575 [171]
Copa Libertadores Association football South America 2015 138 3,361,985 24,362 [172]
Challenge Cup Rugby league Europe 2015 77 208,955 20,817 [173]
Super Rugby Rugby union SANZAAR 2013 125 2,003,641 19,644 [174]
UEFA Europa League Association football Europe 2014–15 205 4,003,151 19,528 [175][176]
World Club Series Rugby League Worldwide 2015 3 51,812 17,270
AFC Champions League Association football Asia 2015 126 2,123,583 16,854 [177]
European Rugby Champions Cup Rugby union Europe 2015–16 67 669,429 13,389 [178]
Copa Sudamericana Association football South America 2015 92 1,097,414 11,928 [179]
CONCACAF Champions League Association football North America 2012–13 62 584,009 9,420 [180]
Caribbean Series Baseball Caribbean 2014 13 113,517 8,732 [181]
Asia Series Baseball Asia 2013 9 56,531 6,281
AFC Cup Association football Asia 2011 117 676,464 5,781 [citation needed]

1 Current competition
2 Group stage only
3 This includes all stages except for the Euroleague Final Four.

International tournaments[edit]

This section lists the attendances at international competitions between national teams. These are usually organised on a continental basis. The teams which compete in these tournaments may also have competed in qualifying tournaments. The winners of continental championships usually play in a world cup or championship.

Tournament Sport Region Year Games Total
attendance
Average
attendance
Source
Six Nations Championship Rugby union Europe 2013 15 1,042,965 69,531 2013 Six Nations Championship
FIFA World Cup Association Football Worldwide 2014 64 3,429,873 53,592 2014 FIFA World Cup[182]
FIFA Confederations Cup Association Football Worldwide 2013 16 804,659 50,291 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup
Euro 2016 Association football Europe 2016 51 2,427,303 47,594 UEFA Euro 2016 statistics[183]
Copa América Association football South America[184] 2016 32 1,483,855 46,370 References in 2016 main article
The Rugby Championship Rugby union SANZAAR 2012 12 547,523 45,627 References in 2012 main article
CONCACAF Gold Cup Association football North America 2011 25 1,140,602 45,624 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup
ANZAC Test Rugby league Australia, NZ 2006 1 44,191 44,191 2006 ANZAC Test
The Ashes Cricket Australia, England 2013-14 5 (21 Days) 763,811 36,372 2013–14 Ashes series
Rugby World Cup Rugby union Worldwide 2015 48 2,477,805 51,621 2015 Rugby World Cup
FIFA Women's World Cup Association football Worldwide 2015 52 1,353,506 26,029 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup
FIFA U-20 World Cup Association football Worldwide 2011 52 1,309,929 25,191 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup
Africa Cup of Nations Association football Africa 2013 32 729,000 22,781 2013 Africa Cup of Nations
AFC Asian Cup Association football Asia 2015 32 705,705 22,053 2015 AFC Asian Cup
Cricket World Cup Cricket Worldwide 2015 49 1,016,420 20,743 2015 Cricket World Cup[185]
Rugby League Four Nations Rugby league Worldwide 2014 7 144,722 20,675 2014 Rugby League Four Nations
Rugby League World Cup Rugby league Worldwide 2013 28 571,150 20,399 2013 Rugby League World Cup
World Baseball Classic 1 Baseball Worldwide 2013 39 781,438 20,037 2013 World Baseball Classic
Shinty/ Hurling International Series Shinty/ Hurling Europe 2015 2 39,886 19,943 2015 Shinty/ Hurling International Series
World Cup of Hockey 1 Ice hockey Worldwide 2004 19 303,630 15,981 2004 World Cup of Hockey
IIHF World U20 Championship Ice hockey Worldwide 2012 31 455,342 14,688 2012 World Junior Championships
FIBA Basketball World Cup Basketball Worldwide 2014 76 675,473 8,887 2014 FIBA World Championship
Ice Hockey World Championships Ice hockey Worldwide 2011 56 406,804 7,264 2011 IIHF World Championship
European Handball Championship Handball Europe 2014 47 316,390 6,732 2014 European Championship
WBSC Premier 12 Baseball Worldwide 2015 38 235,951 6,209 2015 WBSC Premier12
European Cup Rugby league Europe 2010 6 36,376 6,063 2010 European Cup
FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship Volleyball Worldwide 2014 103 563,263 5,468 2014 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship
FIFA Futsal World Cup Futsal Worldwide 2008 56 292,161 5,217 2008 FIFA Futsal World Cup
EuroBasket Basketball Europe 2013 90 337,536 3,750 EuroBasket 2013
IHF World Handball Championship Handball Worldwide 2015 88 306,100 3,478 2015 World Championship
FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship Volleyball Worldwide 2014 102 328,500 3,220 2014 FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship
AFC Challenge Cup Association football Asia 2014 16 51,500 3,218 2014 AFC Challenge Cup
Women's Baseball World Cup Baseball Worldwide 2014 16 41,026 2,564 2014 Women's Baseball World Cup
  • 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.

International club championship final events[edit]

These are restricted to final matches of international club events.

Tournament Sport Continent/Countries Crowd Year Venue City Source
Challenge Cup final Rugby league Europe 80,140 2015 Wembley Stadium London
UEFA Champions League final Association football Europe 71,942 2016 San Siro Milan [186]
FIFA Club World Cup final Association football Worldwide 68,166 2011 International Stadium Yokohama Yokohama, Japan [187]
Super Rugby Final Rugby union SANZAAR 61,823 2014 ANZ Stadium Sydney [188]
AFC Cup final Association football Asia 58,604 2010 Jaber International Stadium Kuwait City [citation needed]
European Rugby Champions Cup final Rugby union Europe 58,017 2016 Grand Stade de Lyon Décines [189]
Champions League Twenty20 final Cricket Worldwide 50,000 2011 M. A. Chidambaram Stadium Chennai [citation needed]
AFC Champions League final Association football Asia 42,153 2012 Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium Ulsan [citation needed]
Asia Series final Baseball Asia 37,078 2005 Tokyo Dome Tokyo [190]
Pro12 Final Rugby union Ireland, Italy, Scotland, Wales[Note 9] 34,550 2016 BT Murrayfield Edinburgh [191]
UEFA Europa League final Association football Europe 34,429 2016 St. Jakob-Park Basel [192]
European Rugby Challenge Cup final Rugby union Europe 28,556 2016 Grand Stade de Lyon Décines [193]
World Club Series final Rugby League Worldwide 19,778 2016 Headingley Stadium Leeds [194]
Caribbean Series final Baseball Caribbean 18,000 2014 Estadio Nueva Esparta Porlamar [195]
Euroleague final Basketball Europe 12,250 2016 Mercedes-Benz Arena Berlin [196]

International club competition final (two decider matches)[edit]

These are restricted to final matches of international club events, played in a two-legged tie format. The two matches may be held in one or two different venues.

Competition Sport Continent Year Venue City Match Crowd Total Crowd Source
Copa Libertadores Association football South America 2008 Casa Blanca Stadium Quito, Ecuador 62,662 148,689 [197]
Maracanã Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 86,027
CONCACAF Champions League Association football North America 2015 Estadio Azteca Mexico City, Mexico 56,783 117,787 [198]
Stade Olympique Montreal, Quebec, Canada 61,004 [199]
AFC Champions League Association football Asia & Australia 2014 Parramatta Stadium Sydney, Australia 20,053 83,816 [200]
King Fahd International Stadium Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 63,763
Champions Hockey League Ice hockey Europe 2009 Magnitogorsk Arena Magnitogorsk 7,700 13,900 [201]
Diners Club Arena Zürich 6,200 [202]
FIBA Intercontinental Cup Basketball Worldwide 2013 Ginásio José Corrêa Barueri 4,500 7,500 2013 FIBA Intercontinental Cup
3,000

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ This figure includes the 9 matches of the 2014 finals series. Considering regular-season games only, total attendance was 6,384,742, with an average of 32,246.
  2. ^ 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 113,013.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ a b The actual number of games is slightly greater than the cited figure. In most postseason tournaments, as well as some special events during the regular season, 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.
  5. ^ a b This figure covers all games, including the NCAA tournament and other postseason tournaments.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ Since the game's inception in 2013, it has featured an A-League all stars team against a visiting foreign club.
  8. ^ Since 2005, the game has featured an MLS all-star team against a visiting foreign club team.
  9. ^ Since the 2010–11 season, Ireland and Wales have fielded four teams each, and Italy and Scotland have fielded two each.

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