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Attendance Figures for NPB

I'm posting from the UK and I'm researching average attendance figures per NPB regular season game in 2009, for a project to compare against other sports including MLB, NFL, EPL etc. While wikipedia is a good useful starting point for many things, it's not always very accurate, up to date or sourced, so I prefer to get the information first hand.

So far I haven't been able to find one easy - and accurate, and reliable - source of data that gives me an average attendance per NPB game. On the English language version of the NPB website, there is an attendance figure per game in the box score, but to find the average would require me to look through 846 (???) games. Is the data more readily accessible by franchise / overall? Any ideas?

Thanks in advance,

Nick Harris
Re: Attendance Figures for NPB
[ Author: westbaystars | Posted: Nov 4, 2009 10:25 AM | YBS Fan ]

I didn't realize that I hadn't posted these figures this year. So, without any further ado:
               P a c i f i c   L e a g u e

Team Games Attend Avg. 2008 Change
Softbank 72 2,245,969 31,194 2,250,044 -0.2%
Nippon Ham 72 1,992,172 27,699 1,873,931 +6.3
Seibu 72 1,515,045 21,042 1,413,583 +7.2
Lotte 72 1,465,189 20,350 1,601,632 -8.5
Orix 72 1,285,907 17,860 1,266,765 +1.5
Rakuten 72 1,203,169 16,711 1,149,061 +4.7
=========== === ========== ======= ========== =====
Overall 432 9,707,451 22,471 9,555,016 +1.6

C e n t r a l L e a g u e

Team Games Attend Avg. 2008 Change
Hanshin 72 3,007,074 41,765 2,976,754 + 1.0%
Giants 72 2,934,370 40,755 2,876,274 + 2.0
Chunichi 72 2,298,405 31,922 2,427,805 - 5.3
Hiroshima 72 1,873,046 26,015 1,390,680 +34.7
Yakult 72 1,332,366 18,505 1,281,714 + 4.0
Yokohama 72 1,246,967 17,319 1,129,954 +10.4
=========== === ========== ======= ========== =====
Overall 432 12,692,228 29,380 12,083,181 + 5.0

The huge jump for Hiroshima was the draw of their new stadium.

The above tables were extracted and translated from Nikkan Sports October 12 (Pacific League) and October 13 (Central League), 2009 paper editions, pages 6 and 5 respectively. Nikkan Sports, in turn, cites NPB-BIS as their data source.

Hope this helps.
Re: Attendance Figures for NPB
[ Author: Guest: JC | Posted: Nov 20, 2009 8:57 AM ]

I thought clubs were supposed to be coming clean with regards to attendance figures. I went to about half a dozen Orix games this year and I can tell you the crowd usually looked around 8,000 or 10,0000 judging it as a percentage of the capacity. Kyocera Dome's capacity is officially put at 36,477. So, what Orix is saying is that on average they half fill the dome for games. That's complete nonsense. Even anyone watching the highlights this year could see that was not the case.

Even one Saturday night when they were giving free shirts away, I would say the place would have been a third full, ie around 12,000 and that's really stretching it.

I didn't go to any Seibu games this year but judging from TV broadcasts, I would say their figure is artificial too. I'd be interested to hear from anyone who goes to Seibu games about that figure.
Re: Attendance Figures for NPB
[ Author: Guest: Hiroshi | Posted: Dec 4, 2009 7:42 PM ]

Allow me to tell you that Orix figures are lies and this is not the first year. This is not close.
Re: Attendance Figures for NPB
[ Author: Guest: Nick | Posted: Nov 4, 2009 8:31 PM ]

Thanks for swift and detailed information.
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