A list of the top 30 most attended IIHF World Championships (out of 73 total). The tournament in 2004, in the Czech Republic holds both the record for overall attendance at 552,097, and the record for the most average spectators per game at, 9,858. Not included are the Olympic tournaments, which though they are run as an IIHF tournament, are separate from the World Championships since 1964.
Also, it should be considered that because of a changing pool-size of teams through the years, the number of games contested at the IIHF World Championships can range from 32 in 1979, to 56 in 2009, therefore "attendance per game" is an equally important statistic to measure the success of a given tournament. Only four tournaments have had averages over 9,000 spectators per game, 1986, 1989, 1997, and 2004.
There are 3 countries with 4 of the top 30 most attended tournaments; Sweden, Finland, and Austria, and 3 countries with 3 of the top 30 most attended tournaments; Czechoslovakia, Switzerland, and Germany. There are 13 separate nations who have hosted the championships at least once, and are represented on the top 30.
|Rank||Year||Host Country||Total Attendance||Number of Games||Attendance Per Game|
- * = indicates teams who won the championship as hosts
- ↑ http://www.mshokej2004.cz/www/index.php?action=main_article&id=1088&subject=2&sessid=326223eb5f68a3ee59b58ddc1b7f125b
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