KBO Targets 7 Million Spectators in 2014

Korea's professional baseball league aims to draw 7 million spectators this season to put attendance levels on par with where they were two years ago.

The Korea Baseball Organization on Tuesday said that the league aims to attract a total of 7.02 million spectators during the 2014 season, or an average of 12,187 fans per game.

This marks a 9 percent increase from last year's 6.44 million people, or an average of 11,184 per game. It also represents 98.1 percent of the previous record of 7.16 million set in 2012.

Even though the World Cup and Incheon Asian Games will take place in June and September, respectively, the league has set the ambitious target due to a number of favorable factors.

For example, clubs in the league are seen as being more evenly matched this season due to an influx of foreign batters and greater movement of free agents.

Moreover, many stadiums have improved their facilities through remodeling. Two newly built stadiums -- Champions Field in Gwangju and Munsu Baseball Stadium in Ulsan -- are also expected to attract bigger crowds.

englishnews@chosun.com / Mar. 26, 2014 09:50 KST