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Turnstile Tracker: Average Attendance For WBC Up 8.7% From '06

The '09 World Baseball Classic drew a total of 801,458 fans for its 39 games, averaging 20,550 per game, which was up 8.7% from an average of 18,900 fans in '06. Dodger Stadium, which played host to the semifinals and final game, averaged 47,285 fans for the three games, which was up 12.0% from 42,201 fans per game when the final games were held at Petco Park three years ago. The U.S. team was not among the final four teams for that event. Japan and Korea played five times in this year's tournament, including the championship game. Their first match at the Tokyo Dome on March 7 outdrew both semifinal game at Dodger Stadium. This year's event also saw only four games fewer than 10,000 fans, as the first-round games were moved outside the U.S. for the first time. The '06 event had 10 games under that mark, with first-round games held in Arizona and Florida. The chart below lists average attendance, by venue, for the '09 WBC, with comparisons to each venue used in '06. Also included is a chart with game-by-game attendance for this year's event (THE DAILY).

WBC AVERAGE ATTENDANCE BY VENUE
'09 VENUE
ROUND
AVG.
'06 VENUE
ROUND
AVG.
Tokyo Dome
First
28,352
Hiram Bithorn
Stadium (PR)
First
12,412
Foro Sol Stadium (Mexico)
First
15,453
Disney's Wide
World Of Sports
First
9,998
Rogers Centre
First
17,317
Scottsdale Stadium* First
6,435
Hiram Bithorn
Stadium (Puerto Rico)
First
14,450
Chase Field* First
21,821
Petco Park Second
15,297
Tokyo Dome First
16,827
Dolphin Stadium Second
19,066
Angel Stadium Second
31,953
Dodger Stadium Semifinals,
final
47,285
Hiram Bithorn
Stadium (Puerto Rico)
Second
15,361
   
 
Petco Park Semifinals, final
42,201
AVERAGE
20,550
AVERAGE
18,900
'09 WBC GAME-BY-GAME ATTENDANCE
DATE
GAME (FIRST ROUND: TOKYO DOME)
ATTENDANCE
3/5
Japan-China
43,428
3/6
Korea-Chinese Taipei
12,704
3/6
China-Chinese Taipei
12,890
3/7
Japan-Korea
45,640
3/8
Korea-China
12,571
3/9
Korea-Japan
42,879
DATE
GAME (FIRST ROUND: FORO SOL STADIUM)
ATTENDANCE
3/8
Cuba-South Africa
11,280
3/8
Australia-Mexico
20,831
3/9
Mexico-South Africa
10,321
3/10
Cuba-Australia
13,406
3/11
Mexico-Australia
16,728
3/12
Cuba-Mexico
20,149
DATE
GAME (FIRST ROUND: ROGERS CENTRE)
ATTENDANCE
3/7
U.S.-Canada
42,314
3/7
Venezuela-Italy
13,272
3/8
U.S.-Venezuela
13,094
3/9
Italy-Canada
12,411
3/10
Venezuela-Italy
10,450
3/11
Venezuela-U.S.
12,358
DATE
GAME (FIRST ROUND: HIRAM BITHORN STADIUM)
ATTENDANCE
3/7
Netherlands-Dominican Republic
9,335
3/7
Panama-Puerto Rico
17,348
3/8
Dominican Republic-Panama
9,221
3/9
Puerto Rico-Netherlands
19,479
3/10
Netherlands-Dominican Republic
11,814
3/11
Puerto Rico-Netherlands
19,501
DATE
GAME (SECOND ROUND: PETCO PARK)
ATTENDANCE
3/15
Japan-Cuba
20,179
3/15
Korea-Mexico
22,337
3/16
Cuba-Mexico
9,329
3/17
Korea-Japan
15,332
3/18
Japan-Cuba
9,774
3/19
Japan-Korea
14,832
DATE
GAME (SECOND ROUND: DOLPHIN STADIUM)
ATTENDANCE
3/14
Venezuela-Netherlands
17,345
3/14
Puerto Rico-U.S.
30,595
3/15
U.S.-Netherlands
11,059
3/16
Venezuela-Puerto Rico
25,599
3/17
U.S.-Puerto Rico
13,224
3/18
Venezuela-U.S.
16,575
DATE
GAME (SEMIFNALS/FINAL: DODGERS DTADIUM)
ATTENDANCE
3/21
Korea-Venezuela
43,378
3/22
Japan-U.S.
43,630
3/23
Japan-Korea (final)
54,846
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