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Baseball league breaks single-season attendance record

All Headlines 19:44 October 03, 2017

SEOUL, Oct. 3 (Yonhap) -- The nation's top baseball league broke its single-season attendance record on Tuesday, the final day of the 2017 regular season.

The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) said it drew a little over 8.4 million fans for the season, surpassing the previous mark of 8.34 million set last year.

The KBO has now broken its attendance record for the third straight season.

On Tuesday, with all 10 clubs in action, 108,001 fans flocked to stadiums, the highest single-day total this season and third-highest all-time.

The Kia Tigers, which clinched the regular season title on Tuesday, also enjoyed the largest annual increase in home attendance. After drawing just about 773,000 fans last year to 20,500-seat Gwangju-Kia Champions Field, the Tigers played before 1.02 million fans this year.

Fans pack Jamsil Stadium in Seoul to watch the home team Doosan Bears host the SK Wyverns in their Korea Baseball Organization regular season finale on Oct. 3, 2017. (Yonhap)

They were one of four teams to top the 1 million mark in attendance this year. The LG Twins, who make their home at the 25,000-seat Jamsil Stadium in Seoul, led all clubs with 1.13 million, followed by the Doosan Bears, who share Jamsil as their home park, with 1.09 million.

The Lotte Giants, who ended their five-year postseason drought this year, attracted 1.04 million spectators, the first time they surpassed 1 million fans in a season since 2012.

For the first time in the league's 35-year history, the seeding for the top four teams were determined on the final day of the season. The Tigers' 10-2 victory over the KT Wiz gave them their first pennant since 2009, two games ahead of the Doosan Bears. The Giants clinched third place by beating the Twins 4-2.

Also on Tuesday, Samsung Lions' Lee Seung-yuop, the league's all-time leader in home runs and other major offensive categories, played his final regular season game, ending his 15-year KBO career at his home park, Daegu Samsung Lions Park in Daegu, some 300 kilometers southeast of Seoul.

Fans at Daegu Samsung Lions Park in Daegu hold up signs bearing No. 36, the number of retiring Samsung Lions' slugger Lee Seung-yuop, who played his final Korea Baseball Organization game on Oct. 3, 2017. (Yonhap)

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