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<Japan baseball> Which stadium has the most enthusiastic fans back?

Second half of Japan baseball started, and it seems that the sports stadiums have more and more fans back in the stadium.

When you watch the game, you can see that the number of the people enjoying the game at the stadium increased a lot.

I did the same kind of analysis in June, and today, I will do the same analysis of stadium attendance, capacity, and calculated the occupancy rate of 2022 and 2023. From these data, I would like to share with you that:

✔ Which team / stadium has high enthusiasm (most fans) ?

✔ Is there a good chance of getting the same-day baseball ticket at the stadium?

As the regular season came into the second half now, the gross number of people attendance is not comparable to that of 2022 season, so let's take the average attendance (A=2023, B=2022) for comparison between 2022 and 2023.

Here are the data of Central league teams:

NPB Central league attendance 2023
NPB Central league attendance 2023

and Pacific league teams:

NPB Pacific league attendance 2023
NPB Pacific league attendance 2023

What we can see from here are,

✔ Increase rate (A/B) shows that most teams brought more fans to the stadium than 2022.

  - Fighters got the highest increase (142%), main factor of that will be the move to their new stadium, "ES CON Field Hokkaido" ( Many JP articles argued that the attendance of ES CON Field looks low, but the fact was that it increased a lot if you compare with 2022. As a matter of fact, their previous stadium (Sapporo dome) had even larger capacity (42,274 ppl), meaning Fighters' occupancy increase is quite significant.

✔ From both average attendance (A) and occupancy rate (C/A), Tigers stadium "Koshien" is the most enthusiastic place.

- Looking at the ranking, Tigers is the only team with 40,000+ average attendance per game, which is even more than NY Yankees (40,835, as of 26/Jun). I went 4 times this year (with 4 wins in a row... cheers!!), and felt the enthusiastic atmosphere.

cf) Koshien stadium information:


cf) Vlog from 26/Jun Koshien stadium:


✔ Occupancy rate (A/C) shows that 7 teams' stadiums are 80+% occupied.

- Tigers, Giants, Baystars, Carp, Swallows, Hawks, and Marines are the teams with 80%+ occupancy. Meaning, these stadiums are quite packed every game. In particular, Tigers Koshien stadium has 94% occupancy, on average! To put it the other words, it is quite difficult to book the ticket of Tigers home games. As we update the vacancy information everyday, we are surprised that we need to make many "X"s on the schedule list. As of 31/July, there's almost no more games you can watch at Koshien, TILL THE END OF THE SEASON!!

cf) Tigers game schedule:


I'll be happy to see more and more tourists coming to the baseball stadium for unique and unforgettable Japan trip! For tourists who are interested in watching the game, I would recommend to book the ticket, especially the ones with high occupancy, beforehand. If you're interested, I am here to help you!!

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