Big numbers show up for Cricket World Cup games

Crowd lines up at Westpac Trust Stadium. Photo / Ezra Woods

A total of 325,439 people attended the ICC Cricket World Cup.

New Zealand hosted 24 matches since the tournament began on February 14. Games were played in Auckland, Hamilton, Napier, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch and Dunedin.

The largest crowd was the 41,279 people at Eden Park for the semi-final against South Africa. However, with Auckland’s large population, that represented just under 3 per cent of the people living within 50km of the stadium.

Napier lead the way in terms of percentages in attendance: 10,022 people, or 7.59 per cent of the population, turned out to watch New Zealand play minnows Afghanistan.

McLean Park Napier. Photo / Ezra Woods
McLean Park Napier. Photo / Ezra Woods

Statistics NZ’s figures show below the top three crowd games of the Cricket World Cup all featured the Black Caps, with Wellington’s England-Sri Lanka game the best-attended other game.

Overall, after Napier and Wellington, Nelson had the next-best-attended game, followed by Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton, and Auckland, where relatively small ground capacities would have counted against them.