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Attendance for Under-17 World Cup crosses 1 million mark

October 20, 2017 20:54 IST

Fans at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi during a match at the FIFA Under-17 World Cup

IMAGE: Fans at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi during a match at the FIFA Under-17 World Cup. Photograph: PTI

The attendance for matches at the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 breached the million mark in the final match of the Round of 16.

 

The cumulative total as of now stands at 1,007,396.

The last set of pre-quarterfinal matches involved Ghana against Niger and Brazil versus Honduras on Wednesday.

Tournament director of the local organising committee, Javier Ceppi said it would be an understatement to say that they are overwhelmed by the response from across the country.

"We really feel that football has taken over the country and the craze that the tournament has generated is one of a kind. The fans have been fantastic and now India 2017 is on track to become the most attended FIFA U-17 World Cup in the history of the event," Ceppi said.

To ensure that as many seats as possible are utilised, the LOC is "recalling" some of the complimentary tickets given so far.

"Keeping that in mind, we have recalled some of the complimentary tickets given in Goa, Guwahati, Kochi and Navi Mumbai and will be opened today so that all football lovers in those cities can have an opportunity to watch the last matches.

"For that to happen, we appeal to all football fans and spectators to get their tickets and fill up the stadiums on the next matches, so that India 2017 can leave its mark and have the record of attendance for a FIFA U-17 World Cup."

The previous record crowd of 1,230,976 was set in the very first edition in China in 1985.

The Under-17 World Cup final is slated for October 28.

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