The new season of the Korea Professional Baseball League is off to a booming start, drawing nearly one million spectators in the first three weeks. This puts the league on track to reach its goal of 6.6 million viewers in the season, topping the current record of 5.92 million set last year.
According to the Korea Baseball Organization, a total of 931,019 people have come to eight stadiums nationwide this season as of Sunday, with each team having played 18 or 19 games to date. The attendance figure is 18 percent greater than the 790,387 in the same period last year and the one million mark is expected to be achieved at a record pace by Wednesday.
The largest contributor is Seoul-based LG, which has sold out four out of 11 home games at Jamsil Stadium and recorded an average audience of 19,094, up 70 percent from last year, thanks to a promising start. LG finished at the bottom tier of the league in the past several years, but this season it is on the rebound, even climbing to the top of the table at one point. However, Busan-based Lotte still leads in the average number of spectators.