Professional sporting events attendance South Korea 2019, by sport

The most popular type of professional sports in South Korea in 2019 was baseball, with around 7.54 million spectators at baseball games. In contrast, the second most popular professional sporting event, football (soccer), drew around one-third as many spectators. Other sports such as basketball or volleyball attracted less than a million each. The best-paid professional baseball players receive more, as well, for example 2.5 billion South Korean won compared to 1.65 billion won for the best-paid football player. Professional e-sports, such as LOL (League of Legends) games, were also popular among younger people, with people in their twenties and thirties making up nearly two-thirds of e-sports fans.

Sports Industry in South Korea

The Korean sports industry has seen continuous growth in the past years. The number of companies and their sales revenue have grown. Over eight thousand sports facilities were newly registered over the past decade, while professional sports are receiving hundreds of billions of won more in sponsorship than before. Most of the industry’s income came from domestic sales of apparel and equipment, and private citizens’ use of sports-related facilities. Exports made up a small portion of revenues. However, despite the growth in the past years, a 2018 survey found that the small size of many businesses and financial limitations are hindering greater growth. In the same survey, respondents thought the most urgent government measure to help the industry grow was increased financial support.

Sports for the Private Citizen

A survey on popular sports in Korea in 2019 showed that the most popular sport for private citizens was talking walks, followed by hiking, and then indoor activities such as gymnastics or bowling. Baseball and football were not among the most popular sports for private citizens to play, despite the popularity of the professional games. Around two-thirds of Koreans took part in sports activities at least once a week. Even though the most popular sports were private activities that do not require specialized facilities, the number of people visiting such facilities have increased by around eight percent in the past several years.

Total number of spectators at professional sporting events in South Korea in 2019, by sport

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March 2020


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