West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said the Salt Lake Stadium accounted for more than 45 per cent of the total attendance in the just-concluded FIFA Under-17 World Cup.
Kolkata was way ahead of second-placed New Delhi (19.78%) in the total attendance share of 13,47,000 attendance across all matches in all six venues across the country, Mamata said in a post on her official Facebook page.
“Kolkata achieves a unique position in the U-17 World Cup. Out of 13 lakh 47 thousand spectators in India who watched the U-17 matches in all the venues, Kolkata is the highest with 6 lakh 8 thousand watching,” Mamata wrote.
“This is more than 45 per cent of the total spectator count. Next highest is Delhi with 19.78 per cent. The per match spectator average in India is 25,906, while in Kolkata it is 55,345 — more than double. It is all about our passion for football and the excellent arrangements at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan (Salt Lake Stadium),” she added.