World Cup 2014Guide

 

Posted: Monday, July 14, 2014

Brazil didn't fare well in hosting the World Cup, finishing fourth and losing its last two matches.

But the Brazilians were big winners in one area -- attendance.

Brazil drew 3.4 million fans to 64 World Cup matches, an average of 53,592 per match. That average ranks second all-time to the United States (68,991 in 1994).

The United States drew 3,587,538 fans, which broke the previous record by more than 1 million. The nine U.S. venues averaged 96 percent capacity for the tournament. Matches were played at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. (including the final); Foxboro (Mass.) Stadium; Soldier Field in Chicago; the Cotton Bowl in Dallas; the Pontiac (Mich.) Silverdome; Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.; the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla.; Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto, Calif.; and RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.

Soldier Field hosted pool and round of 16 games. Most of the attendance fell in the 60,000 to 62,000 range, well under the U.S. average. Attendance was boosted by the Rose Bowl (90,000), Stanford Stadium (84,000-85,000) and Giants Stadium (70,000-plus).

The 1994 World Cup also left a budget surplus of approximately $50 million.

Sources: U.S. Soccer and FIFA

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