The 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC), where the world’s top stars such as Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout (above LA Angels) gathered, mobilized the largest number of spectators ever in the first round.
According to reports from the Associated Press and Yahoo Sports on the 18th (Korean time), a total of 1,019,999 spectators entered the first round of the 2023 WBC held in Taichung, Taiwan, Tokyo, Japan, Phoenix, Arizona, USA, and Miami, Florida, USA.
It is the record for the largest number of spectators in a round at the WBC, which was launched in 2006 and celebrated its fifth round.
This is about double the total number of spectators of 510,056 in the first round of the 4th tournament in 2017, the previous tournament. 메이저놀이터
The number of participating countries in the first round increased from 16 to 20 in 2017, but the average number of spectators also increased from 20,420 in 2017 to 25,275.
In particular, Group B matches (Korea, Japan, Australia, Czech Republic, and China) held at the Tokyo Dome in Japan attracted an average of 36,198 spectators. This is also a new record for the highest number of average spectators per group in a single round.
Among them, the match between Korea and Japan reached 44.4% in Japan.
The match that drew the most spectators was the match between Mexico and the United States held at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona, with 47,534 spectators.
According to the Associated Press, the Major League Secretariat, which oversees the WBC, explained, “Although the tournament is still in progress, sales of tournament memorabilia have already exceeded previous records.”