The trend showed early, as this year's second round games totaled 325,282 fans amounting to a 58 percent increase from the 206,180 fans that attended in 2009.
The numbers can be at least partially attributed to baseball's expansion across the globe. This year, the tournament expanded to feature 28 countries in the first round, second round and qualifiers on three continents and six countries.
With Puerto Rico facing off against Japan at AT&T Park on Sunday at 9 p.m. ET and the unbeaten Dominican Republic squad facing The Kingdom of the Netherlands on Monday at 9 p.m. ET, those numbers will only continue to rise with the winners meeting on Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET to decide a champion. All of these games can be seen on both MLB Network and ESPN Deportes.
Gary Cotton is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.