The FIFA Under-17 World Cup 2017 has added a glorious, new chapter to Indian football’s not so glorious history. Now, the event itself is set to add a glorious chapter to the history of world football.
The tournament may well become the most-attended one in tournament’s illustrious history. The overwhelming response across all six host venues has already made FIFA U-17 India 2017 the third most attended colts tournament after China and Mexico. India has already registered over a million attendance at the stadium.
With nine more days to go India is well poised to surpass 1,230,976 aggregate attendance China registered in the inaugural 1985 edition of the tournament.
The cumulative total as of now stands at 1,007,396. The average attendance for India games, all played at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi, was 49,000 while the overall average attendance for the matches is almost 23,000.
The Local Organising Committee has reassessed the complimentary tickets. Ticket sales for the matches at Goa, Guwahati, Kochi and Navi Mumbai are also being reopened.
The Tournament Director Javier Ceppi had confessed that the attendances has been “fantastic and astonishing” and the craze has been one of a kind.
“We really feel that football has taken over the country and the craze that the tournament has generated is one of a kind,” Times of India has quoted Ceppi as saying. “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.
“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 (Friday)sso that all football lovers on 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.”