Women’s cricket World Cup closing in on record attendance
Cricket's push to break the all-time record for attendance at a stand-alone women's sporting event has gathered pace, with more than 75,000 tickets sold for Sunday's Twenty20 World Cup final at the MCG.
Cricket Australia and tournament organisers have long taken aim at the record of 90,185 that attended the 1999 soccer World Cup final in Los Angeles, and they are quickly closing in on this. That pop star Katy Perry will perform before and after the tournament has also added to the attention.
CA chief executive Kevin Roberts said tickets were selling fast.
"We are, obviously, really hopeful. If we were to end up with 85,000 cricket fans and another 10,000 Katy Perry fans, that would be a fantastic result," he said.
Roberts said he was pleased with the strong coverage the tournament had attracted.
"The rate of improvement in women's cricket, the dedication of the players, and how entertaining the matches are to watch, I am not surprised at all," he said.
"I have had so many people contact me throughout this tournament who are cricket fans but they mightn't have been dedicated fans of women's cricket specifically. They have got in touch and said: 'Hey, I am converted. I am now a fan of women's cricket as well'."
All-rounder Sophie Molineux said the prospect of playing before a massive crowd was a boon for the sport.
"I am a Collingwood supporter. Anzac Day every year gives you goose bumps for those sorts of games. To be able to potentially play in front of a crowd like that, it gives you goose bumps," she said.
"I think it is exciting to have 80,000 to 90,000 to a women's game."
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