How many people attend professional sporting events in the U.S.?
Hello! Thanks for your question about how many people attend professional sporting events in the U.S. The short version is that there are six professional sports leagues in the US; Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, the National Basketball Association, the National Football League, and the National Hockey League. I've compiled data on attendance, segmented by sport as well as cumulative, which you'll find on the following spreadsheet.
The most useful resources that helped in this research are reports from Statista and Sport Business Daily. Below you will find a deep dive of my methodology, as well as a summary of my findings.
In order to answer your question, I compiled the most recent data on attendance for each professional sports league in the US. The figures are based on reports from individual team attendance within these leagues, event data, and overall annual attendance reports. As it may be relevant to the purposes of your query and to share more data on this market with your potential investors, I have also included how many people on average attend each individual event in these sport segments. In addition to including this data on the following spreadsheet, the following is a summary of these figure:
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
73,760,020 total annual attendees
30,517 average per event
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
7,375,287 total annual attendees
21,692 per event
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
21,972,129 total annual attendees
17,864 per game
NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
17,510,312 total annual attendees
68,400 per event
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
21,501,156 total annual attendees
17,481 per event
142,118,904 annual attendees (all sports)
31,190 per event (all sports)
To wrap it up, there are an estimated 142,118,904 professional sports attendees in the US annually, which I've segmented by sport in the attached spreadsheet. Thanks for using Wonder! Please let us know if we can help with anything else!