Biggest Live Audience For A Sports Event In 2023? It Wasn’t The Super Bowl Or Kentucky Derby – Forbes

The Indianapolis 500 in May beat out the Super Bowl, NBA Finals, NHL Stanley Cup Finals and the NCAA college football championship for the title of most-attended sports event so far in 2023, with a whopping 230,000 tickets sold to the major auto race.
The 107th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 28, 2023, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The Indianapolis 500 beat out by roughly 80,000 tickets the Daytona 500, which also saw a sell-out crowd in February, filling grandstands around the 2.5-mile track at Florida’s Daytona International Speedway—organizers estimated the total size of the audience, including the grandstand and infield grass, was roughly 150,000.=
More than 150,000 people packed Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby in May.
The Geico 500 in April at the Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama, had a crowd of 60,000 in the grandstands and an estimated total crowd of roughly 100,000.
Just over 71,400 fans were in attendance for Manchester City’s 1-0 win over Inter Milan in the UEFA Champions League final on June 10 in Istanbul, Turkey.
This year’s NFC Championship between the Eagles and the San Francisco 49ers drew 69,979, according to data from Pro Football Reference.
Just over 67,800 fans packed State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, for the NFL Super Bowl between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Philadelphia Eagles, coming in just under last year’s match-up between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Los Angeles Rams (70,048).
The NCAA college football championship game had a bigger crowd size than the Super Bowl or any NFL playoff game, with 76,628 fans buying tickets to SoFi Stadium outside Los Angeles to catch the Georgia Bulldogs’ 65-7 pummeling of the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs.
630,000. That’s how many people purchased tickets to this year’s French Open tennis grand slam in June, setting an attendance record at Roland Garros in Paris narrowly beating out last year’s 613,000 tickets, according to tournament director Amelie Mauresmo. Individual matches saw significantly smaller crowd sizes, however—Roland Garros has a capacity of just over 15,000.
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