The 2023 Planet Baseball Classic generated considerable fan interest and broke quite a few tournament spending records just after the initially round, which took spot at 4 areas. The fifth aspect of the tournament attracted an escalating worldwide engagement of fans about the globe.
The 2023 Planet Baseball Classic registered a record initially-round attendance of 1,010,999, the most attended round in tournament history and a +98% boost more than the earlier record of 510,056 in 2017. The typical attendance of 25,275 also set a record for initially round tournament that eclipsed 2017’s typical of 20,402 by +24%.
Group B, held at the Tokyo Dome in Japan, broke the records for the most fans in any round in tournament history (361,976) and the highest typical attendance (36,198) of any initially or second round pool in tournament history.
Miami’s Group D at loanDepot Park set the record for the most attended Planet Baseball Classic ever in the United States with 295,850 in attendance, an boost of +81%. Typical attendance in Miami registered 29,585, an boost of +eight% more than the 2017 typical of 27,313.
Mexico’s March 12 victory more than Group USA at Chase Field drew a tie of 47,534, a Planet Baseball Classic record attendance for any initially-round game.
Each U.S. venues set single-day attendance records in the buildings’ history for the duration of the initially round on Saturday, March 11. loanDepot Park drew 71,289 and Chase Field had a total attendance of 68,147 more than the two games.
In Japan, the March ten Japan vs. Korea game on TBS drew a 44.four rating, generating it the most-watched game in Planet Baseball Classic history in any nation. The game topped all sports competitions for the duration of the Tokyo Olympics. Japan’s 4 initially-round games averaged a 42.three rating domestically.
In Taiwan, the 4 initially-round matches in Chinese Taipei averaged 1.301 million viewers on EBC News, a +151% boost more than the 2017 tournament. The typical viewership for all 4 games in Chinese Taipei was greater than all other sports programming in the marketplace as of September 2021.
In Korea, the 4 games featuring South Korea on SBS/KBS/MBC averaged 1.781 million viewers, up +35% from the initially round typical in 2017. South Korea vs. Japan, which averaged two.709 million viewers, it was the most watched Planet Baseball Classic game in Korea due to the fact their 2009 championship contest against Japan.
In Puerto Rico, VAPA Deportes posted a +77% boost compared to 2017 for all games exactly where Puerto Rico played in the initially round. The Puerto Rico vs. Dominican Republic game averaged 62% of folks watching Television at that time. Twenty-4 % of the spectators who watched that game had been beneath the age of 35, and 55% had been ladies.
In the Dominican Republic, viewership for the Dominican team’s games was +37% more than 2017. In Mexico, Imagen’s initially two games with Mexico had been up +ten% more than 2017. Ratings for all 4 games in Mexico had been not however out there.
Group USA’s initially game against Fantastic Britain on FOX and FOX Deportes averaged 1.592 million viewers, generating it the most-watched initially-round game in the U.S. due to the fact 2009.
Following the initially round, the 2023 Planet Baseball Classic has currently broken all-time merchandise sales records for the tournament and in e-commerce at the 4 host venues – Chase Field in Phoenix, AZ loanDepot Park in Miami, FL Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan and Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium in Taiwan. Official on-line retailers for Planet Baseball Classic merchandise are MLBShop.com and the Fanatics network of internet sites.
Japanese star Shohei Ohtani gained the most followers of any player for the duration of the initially round with an boost of 1.36 million due to the fact March 1st, an approximate boost of +75%. In addition, there was +564% far more total engagement on Planet Baseball Classic social media accounts for the duration of the initially round of the 2023 tournament compared to the 2017 occasion.
The North American quarterfinals start tonight, with Puerto Rico taking on Mexico at 7pm on FS1. Tomorrow evening, the USA will face Venezuela on FOX also at 7 p.m
MLB Network Emmy Award Winner MLB Tonight will be broadcast reside tomorrow at six:00 PM ET top up to Group USA’s quarterfinal matchup against Group Venezuela, which includes hits with analyst Harold Reynolds and reporter Jon Morosi from loanDepot Park. MLB Tonight will have reside pre- and post-game coverage of the semifinals on March 19 and 20 and the final on Tuesday, March 21, with Greg Amsinger, John Morosi, Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez and Harold Reynolds. MLB Network continues to make worldwide feeds for the 2023 Planet Baseball Classic.
The Planet Baseball Classic is sanctioned by the Planet Baseball Softball Confederation (VBSC) as the sport’s official national group globe championship.