KOLKATA: The 17th edition of the FIFA U-17 World Cup in India on Saturday turned out to be a milestone event as it became the most attended in the history of the tournament.
After the third-place match between Brazil and Mali, the total number of spectators who turned up at the six host venues across the country went past the earlier record attendance of 1,230,976 set in the first edition of the tournament in China in 1985.
With 56432 spectators turning up at the Salt Lake Stadium to watch the Brazil versus Mali match, the total attendance of the FIFA U-17 World Cup reached 1280459.
Before this match, a mere 6949 attendance was needed to break the record.
The 2011 edition in Mexico had also attracted a total of 1,002,314 spectators, becoming the third one to have more than one million attendance.
The attendance for matches had breached the million mark in the last Round of 16 match on October 18.