FIFA U17 World Cup: Which host venue has had the biggest attendance so far
With the FIFA U17 World Cup in full swing, the six host cities have given mixed responses to the showpiece event. In a country obsessed with cricket, it was a big question how the people fared in a football event. But to everyone’s delight, the people of India gave much support to the world’s most popular game. Some venues have been extraordinary while some have been average.
#6 Fatorda Stadium (Margao, Goa)
Highest Attendance: 12,830 Average Attendance: 10,670
Though the Fatorda Stadium in Margao is the smallest stadium of all the venues in the on-going World Cup, it was expected that the turnout will be good taking into consideration the football culture in this part of the country. But, the response was pretty poor in the coastal city which was a real setback for the tournament.
The match between two big shot teams like Germany and Costa Rica saw only 12,329 fans inside the stadium, but it was deemed as ‘sold out’ when the tickets went up for sale. Goa is one of the powerhouses of Indian football with top-flight clubs like Dempo S.C, Salgaocar F.C, Churchill Brothers and Sporting Clube de Goa all playing their home matches at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (also known as the ‘Fatorda’ stadium).
The tie between Brazil and Niger was the highest attended match at the venue with 15,830. There are still three matches left in Goa, out of which two are Round of 16 fixtures and a lone quarter-final. Hopefully, there will be more visitors in the business end of the biennial event.