Cup attendance soars

2010-07-07 11:37

Attendance at the 2010 Fifa World Cup would reach three million

after the semifinal between Germany and Spain, Fifa said today.

The football governing body’s spokesperson, Nicolas Maingot, said

this figure included only the number of people who had watched games at the

various stadiums around the country.

The only other World Cup tournaments to have been attended by three

million spectators were in 1994 in the US and in 2006 in Germany.

Attendance at Fan Fests in South Africa and abroad reached five

million last night after the semifinal between the Netherlands and

Uruguay.

Fifa said 49 134 people attended the Fan Fest in Cape Town last

night to watch the Dutch beat the South Americans 3-2.

There were more than 62 000 people at the game at Cape Town Stadium.

So far, about 1.7 million people had used World Cup facilities in

Cape Town to watch games. Maingot said 800 category one tickets were still

available for the semifinal between Germany and Spain in Durban on Wednesday.



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