In sports number excite. Numbers represent bench marks. Numbers beat numbers to become talking points. The ICC Champions Trophy ticket window too threw back plenty of interesting numbers. Worth being talking points. Good enough to evoke the wow factor. Establishing a connect with geographical reasons, which otherwise will have little connect with the game. There were firsts and there were unprecedented highs for a limited overs international cricket match in England.
First thing first. It was for the first time that an ICC Cricket fan park is created for a cricket match in England. On the high –The Edgbaston recorded the highest ever attendance of 24,340 spectators for the stadium. Whereas, the high demand of tickets for the India-Pakistan group match could have filled five stadiums with the seating capacity similar to The Oval.
Pakistan, placed at the bottom on ICC ODI rankings among the eight teams in fray, turned the tables to emerge the surprise champion. A total of 280,000 tickets were sold online for the total 15 games which led to an unexpected champion and witnessed shocking eliminations at the group league stage. Thirty thousand of the total spectators were kids, while 973 volunteers were engaged to facilitate smooth conduct of the tournament.
The farthest a ticket was bought from was 9,814 miles away in American Samoa. The distance is nearly two and a half times the radius of the earth. Cricket lovers from Sychelles and Malawi were among the 77 nations’ residents to buy online tickets and fly down to London for the second biggest ODI event on the ICC calendar after the World Cup.