RECORD ATTENDANCE AT MENS CWC 2023
Amidst a thrilling journey encompassing six pivotal games, the fervor of the audience surged, catapulting spectator figures beyond the illustrious one million mark. The crescendo of this sporting spectacle reached its zenith as the World Cup culminated in a breathtaking showdown at the grandeur of the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on a vibrant Sunday.
Spanning from the 5th of October to the 19th of November, this illustrious event vowed to immerse fans within the pulsating heart of the action. The inauguration witnessed an astounding spectacle, marking the highest attendance for a Men’s Cricket World Cup opening match, igniting the passion as England clashed with New Zealand in a riveting encounter, reminiscent of the captivating 2019 final. Subsequently, the historic clash between India and Pakistan in the ICC World Cup history further intensified the fervor as fans thronged the stadiums on the memorable 14th of October.
Surpassing a staggering milestone, the figure of over 1.25 million fervent fans etched a new zenith in cricket's annals, eclipsing the attendance records of all previous ICC events. Notably, the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2015 held in Australia and New Zealand gathered 1,016,420 spectators, while the 2019 edition in England and Wales witnessed 752,000 enthusiasts streaming through the turnstiles.
The 13th edition of the Men’s Cricket World Cup, hosted in India, not only soared past these figures but also shattered numerous records in broadcast and digital viewership. This triumphant feat underlines the sport's global eminence and the ever-burgeoning adoration among aficionados.
Chris Tetley, the illustrious ICC Head of Events, remarked, "The resplendent journey of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 has transcended all expectations, illuminating the finest facets of the game and kindling an ardent passion in the hearts of millions across the globe. The staggering attendance stands as a testament to cricket’s timeless allure and the perpetual excitement encapsulated within the ODI format. This event has not merely entertained but has unified cricket enthusiasts worldwide, fostering an unparalleled celebration of this cherished sport."
"ICC events serve as a cornerstone in nurturing the growth of cricket, inspiring legions of future fans and players across the globe. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the fervent fans whose unwavering support and enthusiasm rendered the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 an unequivocal triumph. We eagerly anticipate crafting more enthralling experiences in future ICC events for the delight of everyone," Tetley concluded, brimming with anticipation for the adventures yet to come.
[Submitted by Kevin Rademeyer]