"It's gonna be huge," promised the slogan of
the FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007, and now the prediction has
become reality after 400,000 spectators flocked to the six stadiums
for the 16 group matches played on the first four days, making the
tournament the biggest single sporting event in Canadian history.
Eleven of the games attracted capacity crowds, with an average
attendance of 25,000 so far.
Total ticket sales for the 52-match tournament passed the one million mark two days ago. The current record for a FIFA U-20 World Cup is the 1,155,160 tickets sold in Mexico 24 years ago.
"FIFA is incredibly proud that our Canadian friends have passed this milestone," declared FIFA vice-president and President of the Organising Committee for the U-20 World Cup Jack Warner. "Now it's time to set our sights even higher. Let's become the number one best-attended FIFA U-20 World Cup of all time," he added.
There is still hope for fans wishing to catch the spectacular match action and the future stars of world football: tickets are still available for a handful of matches, including the semi-final on 18 July in Edmonton, at FIFA.com or at stadium ticket sales points on matchdays.