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Marking a historic moment in Asian football history, the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023 has shattered previous attendance records, drawing an unprecedented total of 1.06 million spectators, as reported by Wego.

Passionate fans flocked to stadiums, culminating in a remarkable turnout of 63,753 supporters at the Al Bayt Stadium for the intense Round of 16 clash, in which defending champions Qatar triumphed over Palestine on Monday, 29 January 2024.

Surpassing the previous record of 1.04 million, which stood for nearly two decades since the 2004 edition in China PR, the 18th edition of Asia’s premier football competition has solidified its place in history.

AFC General Secretary Datuk Seri Windsor John acknowledged the tournament’s success in becoming the most accessible and engaging in history. Football’s unifying power was palpable in Qatar, with the AFC expressing gratitude to stakeholders and the people of Qatar for their unparalleled hospitality.

Jassim Al Jassim, CEO of the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023 Local Organizing Committee (LOC), emphasized Qatar’s capability to host world-class sporting events. Al Jassim credited the modern infrastructure and operational experience in delivering a culturally engaging tournament to the highest standards.

Setting records early in the tournament, Al Jassim expressed delight and anticipation for the remaining 11 matches, expecting more exceptional performances from participating teams.

After 40 matches, the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023 currently ranks second in average attendance charts, with 26,672 fans turning out per match to show their unwavering support. This achievement follows the earlier record-setting opening match at Lusail Stadium on January 12, where 82,490 fans witnessed Qatar’s victory over Lebanon.

The record-breaking attendance at the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023 cements Qatar’s status as a global sporting capital, setting new benchmarks for future editions of this prestigious tournament.