MOSCOW, July 19. /TASS/. A total of 7.7 million people attended the fan zones across the 11 venues during the Russia-hosted 2018 FIFA World Cup, the press service of FIFA said on Thursday.
It said FIFA Fan Fest attracted 2.5 million more people than four years ago in Brazil, when 5.2 million people attended FIFA Fan Fest. "They watched a total of 917 hours of live football and enjoyed an exciting music and cultural entertainment programme featuring 646 bands playing 323 hours of live music, all free of charge," it said.
"The FIFA Fan Fests offered a free, safe and highly entertaining space to the 7.7 million local and international fans that came to watch matches in those spectacular locations." said FIFA’s Chief Commercial Officer, Philippe Le Floc’h.
"The highest day’s attendance was 25 June, the day Uruguay played Host Country Russia, when 499,000 fans attended 11 venues," FIFA said.
This summer Russia hosted its first-ever FIFA World Cup, which kicked off in Moscow with a remarkable opening show at Luzhniki Stadium on the evening of June 14 and ended with a spectacular final match, played also at the Luzhniki Stadium, where France confidently defeated Croatia 4-2 to win the much-coveted World Cup Trophy.
The country selected 11 host cities to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup and they were Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.