March 28, 2003

World Cup Final brings in record crowd

A record crowd of 32,827 for a cricket match in South Africa attended the ICC Cricket World Cup Final between the champions Australia and India at the Wanderers Stadium on Sunday.

The previous record of about 31,500 was set for the preliminary round match between South Africa and New Zealand at the Wanderers on 16 February.

A grand total of 626,845 people out of an overall capacity of 825,000 attended the 52 matches and the Opening Ceremony.

"This represents 76 percent of our total capacity, and we are delighted at this attendance," said CWC 2003 Executive Director Dr Ali Bacher. "We would like to thank the South African public and the thousands of visitors from abroad for their fantastic support of the tournament."