The attendance in the recently concluded World Cup shattered the previous records of spectator turnout in stadiums.
Despite initial concerns regarding ’empty stadiums’ during first few matches of the World Cup, the 2023 edition of the tournament brought out record breaking attendance in the stadiums throughout the Cricket World Cup.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday revealed that the attendance in the recently concluded World Cup shattered the previous records of spectator turnout in stadiums. A total of 1.25 million fans turned to stadiums to witness World Cup matches in India.
The World Cup 2023 started in a slow manner, with just 50% of spectators turning up for non-India matches. However, the cricket craze picked up as the tournament progressed. More than 542,000 fans attended the games up to the mid-way point in the event, which is 190,000 more than at the equivalent stage in 2019.
Apart from the spectators count, the Cricket World Cup also saw a record breaking viewership count on both TV and digital platforms.
The live broadcast for the first 18 tournament matches clocked up 123.8 billion viewing minutes which is 43% more compared to 2019 World Cup.
The record numbers in the World Cup 2023 can be attributed to India’s ‘near perfect’ performance in the tournament, where they won 10 games in a row. The Men in Blue’s winning juggernaut finally came to an end in the final against Australia.