Best attended domestic sports leagues in the world
(By average attendance per game)
Most recent update: 4 January 2013
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NB: Professional leagues (see footnotes re: amateur leagues, or click here)
NB: amateur leagues - there are some with higher average attendances than the leagues above, notably and most remarkably in US college football, where, for example, within the 2010 NCCA Division 1 FBS Conference, the 12-team Southeastern Conference (league) averaged 76,719 fans per game, and the Big Ten averaged 72,106, both more than the NFL. Annual NCCA football attendances are downloadable in PDF format, year by year from 1998, by clicking on this sentence. There is also a sportingintelligence feature on NCCA football attendances; click on this sentence to link.
1: sportingintelligence.com research.
And in previous years ….
NB: Separate official NFL statements about crowds from 2007 contradict each other
7: Brian Sears
11: plus sportingintelligence.com research
14: Nikkan Sports, paper edition, 12 October (p.6) & 13 October (p.5) 2009, citing NPB-BIS.
(with thanks to Japanesebaseball for sourcing that, and again for 2010 numbers)
17: sportingintelligence.com research
21: sportingintelligence.com research
20: sportingintelligence.com research