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> This article lists the attendance of many sports competitions around the world, based in some cases on the number of tickets sold or given away, rather than people actually present. The list is almost exclusively field and arena ball sports. Top leagues in weekly attendance includes speedway sports. Some of the highest attendances of any sport are in Three Day Eventing, with Badminton averaging 250,000 on Cross-Country day, and Burghley 2016 having 160,000 attendees over the 4 days. Domestic professional leagues Top leagues in total attendance * Seating room only Top 10 Stadiums in total attendance in a calendar year Top 10 leagues in average attendance Highest attendance by sport Top leagues in weekly attendance Note that other ticketed activities in motor sports such as practices and qualifying are not included in the number of "games" in a week. * Games in a week only by team * Weekly attendance only by team Top leagues in recent domestic club championship event attendance This section lists the most recent attendances at annual championship events (single decider matches or the final match in a best-of series only) by total attendance, and includes domestic leagues and competitions. It has to be noted that the listed crowd figures are usually a reflection of a championship venue's capacity, as demand for these events is generally so high that any stadium or arena would be filled to capacity. The method by which championship venue(s) are determined can indirectly affect the attendance of such a match. In most competitions that use a best-of final series, each individual match typically takes place at one team's home venue. In the Philippine Basketball Association, a competition in which no team has its own home arena, finals matches (including any that can potentially end a series) are held at two large venues in Metro Manila, Smart Araneta Coliseum and Mall of Asia Arena. In most competitions that have a one-off final, the site is determined well in advance. Some competitions have a permanent site for their finals. Two notable examples are the Australian Football League, whose Grand Final is always at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), and the Gaelic Athletic Association, which holds its final matches in Gaelic football and hurling at Croke Park. Others determine the final venue anywhere from months to years before the event, such as the NFL, which determines the host of the Super Bowl more than three years in advance. However, one transnational club event in rugby union (whose final attendance is listed in a separate table) uses a very different system. In Super Rugby, the final is awarded to the finalist that finished higher in the league table during the regular season. Another transnational club event in the same sport, Pro12 (formerly Celtic League), used the same method to determine the host of its final until 2015, when it began to use a predetermined site. Of the eight American college sports conferences that sponsor football in the top-level Division I FBS that have season-ending conference championship games, five have a permanent site for their title games and three award hosting rights to the division champion with the better record in conference play (with tiebreakers used as needed). For the purposes of this table, "domestic" is defined to include leagues which are historically focused in one country, but may have teams in one or more nearby countries. Examples of this phenomenon include: Of the six largest professional leagues in English-speaking North America, only the two gridiron football leagues—the NFL and CFL—operate on one side of the U.S.–Canada border. Of the four traditional "major leagues", only the NHL has more than one team in Canada; since 2011–12, it has 23 teams in the U.S. and seven in Canada. Major League Soccer, in recent years becoming increasingly accepted as a fifth "major league", currently has 19 U.S. teams and three Canadian teams, and will add at least one more U.S. team in 2018. The Gaelic Athletic Association, which governs Gaelic games, is mostly restricted to the island of Ireland, although teams from London and New York City participate in its senior championships. Two major Australian leagues—the National Rugby League (rugby league) and A-League (association football)—have included a team from New Zealand since their inception. The vast majority of the teams competing in rugby league's Super League have been from England. Only three teams from outside the country, two from France and one from Wales, have ever competed in the league, and only one of these teams (from France) currently competes at this level. Although the Challenge Cup of rugby league currently includes teams from France, Wales, and Canada, and has in the past also had teams from Scotland and Russia, the overwhelming majority of the competing teams are from England. The English association football pyramid includes several clubs from Wales, although Welsh clubs do not necessarily participate at every level in a given season. Since the 2011–12 season, a Welsh club (Swansea City) has competed in the Premier League, and a second Welsh club (Cardiff City) competed for one year in the 2013–14 season before being relegated. The Kontinental Hockey League is headquartered in Moscow and is mostly a Russian league, although as of the current 2016–17 season it also has teams in Belarus, China, Croatia, Finland, Kazakhstan, Latvia, and Slovakia. The EuroLeague in basketball is transnational in that it includes teams from multiple European countries, but is domestic in the sense of being a championship for the single entity of Europe. It is governed by Euroleague Basketball, an explicitly pan-European body that is independent of the continental governing body of FIBA Europe. This contrasts with leagues such as Super Rugby and Pro12, which operate in multiple countries with more than one team in most (Super Rugby) or all (Pro12) of their participating countries, and also make no pretense of being a championship for a continental-size region. Semi-professional and amateur leagues This section lists college and amateur leagues by total attendance. Remaining amateurism requirements in the majority of top-level sports were dropped in the late 20th century, and there are now only a few amateur leagues which are of interest to a wide public. In the United States, college sports are very popular and at least one significant ice hockey league retains an amateur requirement. In Ireland, the All-Ireland senior championships in Gaelic football and hurling, both operated by the Gaelic Athletic Association, which continues to prohibit professionalism, each draw over 80,000 to fill Croke Park for the respective finals. The NCAA championships listed here are all composed of several separate conferences with varying attendance levels. For example, in American football, per-game home attendances for the highest level of competition, Division I FBS, in the 2015 season ranged from 15,316 for Mid-American Conference teams to 78,630 for Southeastern Conference teams. NCAA Division I FBS football has the 2nd highest average attendance worldwide for any league-wide sport (behind the National Football League) and the 2nd highest overall attendance worldwide (behind Major League Baseball). For College Baseball, Dudy Noble Field, Polk-DeMent Stadium at Mississippi State University holds the on-campus attendance record at 15,586 and all of college baseball's Top 11 on-campus largest crowds. Representative matches This list covers special annual matches for representative sides that are not covered elsewhere by international or domestic fixtures. They include state or regional matches, annual commemorative games and publicly voted all-star selections. This type of events are unknown within European nations. International club competitions This section lists the attendances at international competitions between sport clubs, ranked by total attendance. These are usually organised on a continental basis. The teams which compete in these tournaments also compete in the domestic competitions in their home countries. 1 Current competition2 Group stage only3 This includes all stages except for the Euroleague Final Four. International tournaments This section lists the attendances at international competitions between national teams. These are usually organised on a continental basis. The teams which compete in these tournaments may also have competed in qualifying tournaments. The winners of continental championships usually play in a world cup or championship. 1The World Baseball Classic and World Cup of Hockey are hosted in different regions of the world to boost attendance, as opposed to being hosted in one region like other international tournaments. International club championship final events These are restricted to final matches of international club events. International club competition final (two decider matches) These are restricted to final matches of international club events, played in a two-legged tie format. The two matches may be held in one or two different venues. See also List of National Football League attendance figures List of Major League Baseball attendance figures List of National Hockey League attendance figures List of professional sports leagues by revenue Domestic average home attendances of football clubs Notes References External links Football Stadiums Best Attendances in Brasil (football/soccer) Stadium Attendances of soccer and rugby games, huge details on French soccer league Average Attendances ) ) ) )
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