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SBD Global/September 26, 2012/Leagues and Governing Bodies

KBO Breaks Season Attendance Record, Closes In On 7 Million Mark

South Korea's top professional baseball league, the Korea Baseball Organization, "established a new single-season attendance record," according to the YONHAP NEWS. The previous record of 6,810,028 from last year was broken on Tuesday with fans reaching 6,810,926. The KBO said that the three games on Tuesday alone "drew 25,900 people" to Jamsil Stadium in Seoul, Munhak Stadium in Incheon and Daegu Baseball Stadium in Daegu. The record marks the fourth consecutive season in which the KBO has broken the single-season attendance record and the sixth consecutive season in which the attendance figure has increased on a year-to-year basis. With 35 games left in this regular season, "the KBO is on pace to surpass the 7 million mark for the first time in its 30-year history." Through Monday, the eight KBO teams averaged 13,734 fans per home game, up 7% from last year's per-game average of 12,801. Among individual clubs, the Lotte Giants became the first KBO team to draw more than 1 million fans for five straight seasons. The Giants had 1.35 million home fans through Monday (YONHAP NEWS, 9/25).
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