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World Cup in South Africa set to break attendance record

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Johannesburg, July 2 (ANI): The World Cup being played in South Africa is all set to make a new record for paid attendance.

According to Sports24, three million fans are expected to attend the games.

It quoted local organizing committee CEO Danny Jordaan, as saying in Sandton: "With the quarterfinals, semi-finals and final being played at the biggest stadiums in the country, it is possible we will top the three million fan attendance mark after the final at Soccer City on July 11."lready 2.69 million fans have paid to watch the first two rounds of the global showpiece.I reckon there is a big possibility we will do it (break three million) for the first time since the 1994 event in the United States," he said.

"The signs are there. The South African fans have been superb. The spirit inside the country has been one of the outstanding features of this World Cup."ordaan said that attendance figures for fan parks worldwide were over three million. So far hundreds of millions of viewers worldwide had watched the first two rounds live giving South Africa incredible positive coverage.

He said foreign tourists had injected Rand 6.5 billion into the economy during the first two weeks of the World Cup. It was hoped that figure would rise to Rand 9 billion by July 11, he said. (ANI)

Story first published: Friday, July 2, 2010, 16:26 [IST]
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