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.[1] 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.

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Rank Year Host Country Total Attendance Number of Games Attendance Per Game
1. 2004 Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic 552,097 56 9,858
2. 2010 Flag of Germany Germany 548,768 56 9,799
3. 1997 Flag of Finland Finland 504,943 52 9,710
4. 2008 Flag of Canada Canada 477,040 54 8,834
5. 2003 Flag of Finland Finland 454,693 56 8,119
6. 2001 Flag of Germany Germany 407,547 56 7,277
7. 1989 Flag of Sweden Sweden 388,190 40 9,704
8. 2009 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 379,044 56 6,768
9. 1986 Flag of Soviet Union USSR* 362,710 40 9,067
10. 2007 Flag of Russia Russia 330,708 56 5,905
11. 1985 Flag of Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia* 327,146 40 8,178
12. 1995 Flag of Sweden Sweden 325,571 40 8,139
13. 2006 Flag of Latvia Latvia 324,794 56 5,799
14. 2005 Flag of Austria Austria 323,974 56 5,785
15. 2000 Flag of Russia Russia 318,449 56 5,686
16. 1991 Flag of Finland Finland 310,627 40 7,765
17. 2002 Flag of Sweden Sweden 305,541 56 5,456
18. 1978 Flag of Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 248,920 40 6,223
19. 1992 Flag of Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 246,173 39 6,312
20. 1979 Flag of Soviet Union USSR* 244,819 32 7,650
21. 1990 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 236,150 40 5,903
22. 1998 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 231,748 49 5,903
23. 1993 Flag of Germany Germany 224,892 41 5,485
24. 1981 Flag of Sweden Sweden 221,515 32 6,922
25. 1987 Flag of Austria Austria 216,125 40 5,403
26. 1983 Flag of Germany West Germany 211,523 40 5,288
27. 1982 Flag of Finland Finland 208,910 34 6,144
28. 1996 Flag of Austria Austria 186,830 40 4,670
29. 1999 Flag of Norway Norway 180,394 49 3,681
30. 1994 Flag of Italy Italy 148,620 39 3,810
* = indicates teams who won the championship as hosts

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