Attendance for the Sumer Olympics reached 5.79 million to...

Aug. 14, 1984
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LOS ANGELES -- Attendance for the Sumer Olympics reached 5.79 million to distinguish the 1984 Games as the best attended in history.

According to Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee figures, which are subject to audit, 5,797,923 people attended the Olympics and the opening and closing ceremonies.

While those numbers included an estimated 275,000 who lined streets to watch road cycling, they do not include the hundreds of thousands who lined the routes of the women's and men's marathons or those who saw the yachting events in the Long Beach Harbor.

The largest Summer Games crowds came in soccer, where 1.4 million people watched 32 games, and in track, where 1.1 million filled the Coliseum over eight days.

The total attendance figure easily surpassed the official Olympic record of 4.4 million set at the 1972 Munich Games. A total of 3.19 million watched the 1976 Games in Montreal.

Soviet Olympic officials said they sold and gave away 5,466,321 tickets to the 1980 Moscow Games, which were hit by a U.S. boycott after the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan.

Moscow Olympic officials did not include an attendance figure in their final report, but the number was below 5.4 million because thousands of people with tickets stayed home because of the boycott.

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