The 2017 World Baseball Classic has set an all-time event attendance record through the second round and is expected to draw more than 1 million fans for the first time.
The '17 Classic has already drawn 976,828 fans, surpassing the previous tournament attendance record of 885,212, set in 2013. That is a 24 percent increase from 2013 through two rounds, with three games still to be played.
The 2017 second round drew 354,977, making it the most-attended second round in the tournament's history. The Tokyo pool drew a total of 209,072, breaking the record for the most-attended pool in tournament history. Saturday's game between the U.S. and Dominican Republic in San Diego drew a sold-out crowd of 43,002 to Petco Park, marking the largest attendance for a World Baseball Classic second-round game held in the U.S.
The World Baseball Classic runs through Wednesday. In the U.S., games air live exclusively in English on MLB Network and on an authenticated basis via MLBNetwork.com/watch, while ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN provide the exclusive Spanish-language coverage. MLB.TV Premium subscribers in the U.S. have access to watch every tournament game live on any of the streaming service's 400-plus supported devices. The tournament is being distributed internationally across all forms of television, internet, mobile and radio in territories excluding the U.S., Puerto Rico and Japan. Get tickets for the Championship Round at Dodger Stadium, while complete coverage -- including schedules, video, stats and gear -- is available at WorldBaseballClassic.com.
Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.