Attendance Down in Korea

Those who were resistant to expansion will say “I told you so” as they argue expanding the KBO would water down the game and force fans to watch inferior talent.  It is hard to swallow fans would react so quickly to expansion.  Perhaps the real culprit is their disappointing showing at the World Baseball Classic where the team did not advance past the first round despite a 2-1 record.  Combine that with the departure of their best pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu for the major leagues and a couple years ago their top hitter Dae-ho Lee signing with a Japanese team.  It is difficult to be enthusiastic about your league when your best players depart for the challenge of what they feel is a better league.

Perhaps the owners have gotten complacent with the continued increase in attendance, believing the fans will come regardless of what they do.  Owners have to make it fun for the average fan to come to the park.  Teams can not rely on  the fervent fan for their survival.  The owners did sour the fans with their resistance of expansion.

Below are the average drop in attendance for each of the teams, with only the Kia Tigers seeing an increase:

LG Twins - close to a 2,000 fan per game drop.

SK Wyverns - a 4,700 fan per game drop.

Doosan Bears - a 5,000 fan per game drop

Lotte Giants - an 8,000 plus fan per game drop

Kia Tigers - a 1,000 increase in fans per game.

Samsung Lions - the defending champions have seen a 2,000 plus fan per game drop

Hanwha Eagles - Despite the loss of Ryu they have seen a slight drop of about 100 fans per game

Nexen Heros - a 3,000 plus fans per game drop.

The expansion team NC dinos is not making up for the decrease averaging only about 6,700 fans per game.

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