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Pro baseball league sets single-season attendance record

All Headlines 19:36 September 11, 2016

SEOUL, Sept. 11 (Yonhap) -- The nation's top baseball league set a new single-season attendance record on Sunday.

The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) said its 2016 attendance reached 7,365,242 through Sunday's games, beating the previous record of 7,360,530 set last year.

Teams have played 635 out of 720 games so far this season.

The KBO clubs needed just 605 games to surpass the 7 million mark last Sunday, 85 games ahead of last year's pace, and they're on pace to draw seom 8.3 million fans by the season's end.

The Doosan Bears, the 2015 champions, are running with the pennant this year, and they have also been the most successful team at the gate. They became the first club this season to reach 1 million fans on Sept. 2, and have had 1.04 million fans at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul so far.

The Bears are in first place by 7.5 games over the NC Dinos, at 82-46-1 (wins-losses-ties).

The Nexen Heroes and the Samsung Lions moved into bigger stadiums this season, contributing to the uptick in the league attendance. Both clubs have attracted nearly 750,000 fans, some 230,000 more than their totals from 2015.

Overall, each of the 10 clubs has enjoyed an increase in attendance from a year ago.

Fans pack Daegu Samsung Lions Park in Daegu, 300 kilometers southeast of Seoul, for the Korea Baseball Organization game between the Samsung Lions and the NC Dinos on Sept. 11, 2016. The KBO set a new single-season attendance record on this day. (Yonhap)

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