New Zealand co-hosted the most successful FIFA Women’s World Cup ever, with over 700,000 people attending matches in New Zealand and almost two million fans filling stadiums across New Zealand and Australia.
Attendance records were shattered throughout the tournament. A staggering 42,137 fans, a new milestone for men’s or women’s football in New Zealand, gathered at the opening match between the Football Ferns and Norway. This fervor continued to soar, reaching its peak at the semi-final between Spain and Sweden, with an electrifying crowd of 43,217.
The tournament may have ended, but the journey goes beyond the game itself. It’s a story of unity, celebration, and lasting legacy.
The event not only showcased New Zealand’s commitment to women’s sports but also reaffirmed its reputation as a world-class host for major events. New Zealand stands proud leaving its mark on the world stage.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE), as the lead government agency for the event, have highlighted the significant social and economic benefits for New Zealand.
Early reports suggest a substantial boost to New Zealand’s economy. Tourism, hospitality, and the hotel industry all experienced an uptick in business, demonstrating the tournament’s enduring impact.