June 21, 2018 / 2:58 PM / 5 months ago

Soccer: World Cup attendances pass one million mark - FIFA

Soccer Football - World Cup - Group C - Denmark vs Australia - Samara Arena, Samara, Russia - June 21, 2018 Australia fans inside the stadium before the match REUTERS/David Gray

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Over one million fans have attended games at the World Cup, organisers FIFA said in a statement on Thursday after Denmark’s 1-1 draw with Australia, the 21st match of the tournament in Russia.

“To date, more than 2.6 million tickets have been allocated to football fans all around the world, with ticket sales ongoing until July 15. On average, World Cup stadium occupancy is at 97 percent and more than 70,000 tickets have been resold,” added the statement.

The only glaring case of large numbers of empty seats was Uruguay’s 1-0 win over Egypt in Yekaterinburg, where 6,000 tickets which had been allocated were left unused.

FIFA said that was due to “no shows” from constituent groups which include sponsors, member associations and supporters.

Reporting by Richard Martin, editing by Ed Osmond

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