April 30, 2012 13:39
A total of 86,033 baseball fans visited four stadiums across the nation on Sunday to bring cumulative attendance at professional Korean Baseball League games after 65 games so far this season to 1.01 million.
This is the fastest record to date, eclipsing the 79 games in 1995 and the 84 games in 2011 that hit the 1 million mark. Meanwhile, in 1995, total attendance surpassed 5 million for the first time in Korea's baseball history. Last year, the number rose to 6.81 million.
Of the 65 games played so far this season, tickets for 24 have sold out, up from 15 of 66 during the same period last year indicating the sport's growing popularity.
Samsung and Hanwha have drawn the most number of spectators, with five sold-out games each so far, largely due to Park Chan-ho and Lee Seung-yeop's return home. Doosan and Lotte followed with four packed stadiums. The two are currently neck and neck at the top of the table.
As of Sunday, 12.2 percent of this season's 532 games have been played, with attendance averaging at 15,554 fans. At this pace, the season will probably see over 8 million spectators, surpassing the KBL's original estimate of 7 million.
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