World Cup Review: Facts and Figures

All the key facts and figures from the official World Cup tournament review.

– 28 matches played at 21 venues with a total attendance of 458,463

– 834 hours of television coverage in four key markets of UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand

– UK TV audience of 13.3m, with a peak of 2.8m for the England v New Zealand semi final

– Tournament broadcast into 114 territories with a worldwide audience reach of 134m viewers

– Direct economic impact for the hosts England and Wales was £9.6m

– Direct economic impact to Cardiff (Opening Ceremony at Millennium Stadium) of £8.4m; to London (Big Hit Semi-final at Wembley) of £12.3m; and to Manchester (Final at Old Trafford) of £8.5m

– Financial return to the Rugby League International Federation in excess of £3.7m

– Average 76 per cent spectator occupancy at matches

– 14 per cent of ticket purchasers attended their first Rugby League match during the tournament

– 38 per cent of tickets were purchased by people living outside the North of England

– 92 per cent of ticket purchasers attended as a group; 73 per cent watched live with their family

– 32 per cent of fans were female

– 35 per cent of ticket purchasers attended with children

– 65 per cent of ticket purchasers were from the ABC1 socio-economic range

– 96 per cent of attendees agreed that the tournament had enhanced the perception of host towns and cities were they had attended a match

– 91 per cent of fans said they were excited to be part of the event

– 91 per cent of fans gave the tournament an ‘event experience’ rating of eight or more out of 10

– 73 per cent of spectators felt RLWC2013 was better than any over live sports event they had attended before

– Over 12,000 ticket purchasers were inspired to play Rugby League for first time or play more often

– More than 30,000 people intend to become involved or more involved Rugby League in some way, of which 13,800 people who had no previous engagement with the sport have been inspired to become involved for the first time

– RLWC2013 utilised over 650 volunteers in England and Wales. 52 per cent of those had not volunteered previously and 72 per cent rated their experience as 8 or more out of 10

– 83 per cent of spectators said the tournament gave them pride in their country whilst 77 per cent  of spectators said the tournament helped to enhance community spirit

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