TOKYO, 27 Oct - World Rugby and the Japan 2019 Organising Committee have announced record official fanzone attendance figures with more than one million fans in attendance across Rugby World Cup 2019 as the tournament continues to smash records.
Following Saturday’s semi-final between New Zealand and England, 1,024,000 people have now visited the 16 fanzones across the length and breadth of Japan, surpassing the one million set at Rugby World Cup 2015.
With another three matches to play, Japan 2019 is sure to set the bar high for record Fanzone attendance. Had it not been for Typhoon Hagibis and its impact on the last weekend of pool matches, the record would have already been achieved at the quarter-final stage.
Record Fanzone attendance builds on the wider success of the tournament with record broadcast ratings in Japan, with matches involving the Brave Blossoms now occupying the top five rugby audiences ever, and confirmation that 99 per cent of all tickets have been sold, a Rugby World Cup record.
World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont said: “With a variety of fun activities, partner activations and live screening of all the matches, the Rugby World Cup 2019 fanzones have become one of the major attractions of a special tournament.
“They are much more than a destination to watch matches, they are bringing together domestic and international fans in celebration of rugby, Japan and friendship.”
Japan 2019 CEO Akira Shimazu added: “The fanzones have been a wonderful part of this tournament - a place where people from all over the world have come together to experience this incredible tournament.
“Our Rugby World Cup 2019 Fanzones have introduced to Japan a whole new culture of coming together to watch and enjoy sport in an exciting, festival-like atmosphere. For many Japanese, visiting fanzones gave them their first experience of rugby and a taste of the unique and special atmosphere of a Rugby World Cup. I would like to thank the Host Cities for all their efforts and thank all the visitors to our Fanzones who helped make them such a resounding success.”