60,000 people embrace Rugby World Cup at Fanzone
- Credit: Paul Boyling/Newham Council
England may be out of the Rugby World Cup, but that hasn’t stopped fans from embracing the sport.
Almost 60,000 people have visited the Fanzone in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on weekends and match days, watching the games on giant screens as well as meeting some of their rugby heroes.
New Zealand stars Jonah Lomu and Justin Williams have been among the former players to meet and greet fans, with 2003 cup winner Iain Balshaw visiting on the day of the bronze final, Friday, October 30.
Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales, said: “When Newham was awarded the honour of being a host city for Rugby World Cup 2015, we said we would put on a great party.
“Almost 60,000 people in our Fanzone so far can’t be wrong.”
The four matches held at the Olympic Stadium have seen more than 200,000 people from across the globe pass through the gates, with one more game still to come.