Rugby World Cup 2011

Million fans watch pool games

2011-10-03 10:20
RWC fans (File)

Auckland - More than one million fans have paid to watch the pool matches at the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, tournament organisers said on Monday.

The official attendance stands at 1.07 million after the pool phase of the tournament was completed over the weekend.

Rugby World Cup Limited chairperson Bernard Lapasset said the large attendances across all of the venues are testament to the way New Zealanders have supported the tournament.

"The way that New Zealanders the length and breadth of the country have embraced the tournament has been absolutely incredible," Lapasset said.

"The atmosphere around the venues and host cities with New Zealanders and travelling international fans combining to give such vocal, passionate and colourful support to all of the teams will be an enduring memory for everyone who has experienced Rugby World Cup 2011.

"The scene is now set for four compelling quarter-finals."

Martin Snedden, CEO of the tournament organisers, said: "That’s an incredible turnout, the equivalent to filling (Auckland's) Eden Park around 18 times."

Snedden said 1.34 million tickets have now been sold, pushing ticket revenue to NZ$262 million.


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