In the course of the 2008/09 season, just short of 2 million (1,970,000) spectators attended the FIS World Cup events in the six FIS Olympic disciplines.
From October 2008 to March 2009, the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup had more than 460,000 spectators at 28 sites in 13 nations across Europe and North America.
In the Viessmann FIS Cross-Country World Cup, almost 450,000 fans enjoyed the performances of their favorite skiers on site during competitions in 11 nations. In ten nations, the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup was visited by almost 670,000 people this season. The DKB FIS Nordic Combined World Cup travelled to seven nations and was seen by over 100,000 spectators.
The LG Snowboard FIS World Cup circuit, visiting 20 sites in 14 nations on four continents, had some 120,000 spectators at the venue while the Freestyle FIS World Cup was watched by more than 170,000 local on-site visitors in nine nations.
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April 21, 2009 at 10:43 am
Related question. How many spectators would you estimate will attend the nordic events at Whistler venue in 2010?
April 22, 2009 at 6:56 am
Hi Win – I don’t know at this point. I’m sure VANOC has some estimates. If I remember correctly, spectators at the Torino cross-country events ranged from 8,000 to 30,000, with the big number being at the men’s 50km. I’m sure someone could give us an idea of the numbers at Salt Lake. Lillehammer in ’94 had the biggest crowds for XC – over 100,000 for the men’s relay.