Despite reports of poor attendances, LOC CEO Danny Jordaan says that the South African Confederations Cup has broken the record of selling more tickets than any other before it.
Addressing a media briefing in Sandton, Jordan said he is happy with the good response to the Confederations Cup.
“All-in-all we are happy with what has been achieved. This just shows how ready we are for the 2010 World Cup which will have more spectators who were not here this time around.
“We are confident that England, Holland and Germany are coming along with teams from South America. All will bring their own fans and we are ready for them," he said.
“We have already sold 492,000 tickets for the Confederations Cup which is 2,000 more than were sold in Germany in 2005. And we expect the two semi-finals and final will bring us close or maybe over 500,000,” Jordaan added.
“That will place us on a higher average per match than Korea and Japan which was 34,000, higher than France which was 30,000 and maybe higher than Germany’s 37,000,” he said.
Jordaan also revealed that South Africa's group-stage clash against New Zealand drew a record television audience.
“The match in Rustenburg, where Bafana Bafana played New Zealand, generated six million viewers which was the highest viewership in South African history,” he explained.
“[It was] higher than the 2007 Rugby World Cup in Paris when South Africa won the World Cup, that was 5.2 million.
“So we can see the general level of interest the Confederations Cup has generated in this country,” he said jovially.
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