So far this season, KBO league (10 teams in total) attendance has accumulated 7.96 million plus fans… with 4 games to be played tonight (6 days in total, 19 more games left for the regular season to end), league attendance will soon reach its anticipated 8 million mark, the first time ever in 34 years since the KBO league was founded, and played its first regular season game back in year 1982.
With more games, along with new and bigger stadiums… league attendance has seen a 14 percent increase over last year’s attendance (which was 7.36 million). With the Samsung Lions (Daegu Samsung Lions Park, opened this early year) and the Nexen Heroes (Gocheok Sky Dome, opened this early year) playing on newer grounds, with bigger seating capacity compared to their previous respective stadiums… attendance by both teams has increased 63 percent and 58 percent respectively compared to last year.
A total of 1.43 million people attended games in the 1982 regular season, the time the league first opened… 6.8 million fans attended games back in the 2011 regular season (first ever in league history to reach the 6 million mark), the KBO broke its own yearly attendance record again surpassing the 7 million mark (7,156,157) in 2012. Now… a new milestone will soon be accomplished tonight.
Fan interest is at an all-time high, despite the Olympics and intense heat that struck the nation in the middle of the season. Other than increased attendance, teams local TV ratings has also seen its share of increase.