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List: Top Ten Attended One-Off Sporting Events in the UK 2005

Date: 2005

Source: BHRB, R&A, AELTC, Deloitte Sports Business Group

Base: FTSE 100

Notes: Not sure if horse racing really counts as a sport but whatever its definition four of the ten events listed below were horse racing meetings and equestrianism grabbed another place giving watching the ponies 5 entries. As for the cricket, the 5th Ashes Test almost gave your editor a heart-attack and I don't think I've fully recovered since. What a truly great game cricket is, and certainly the most sociable to watch - except possibly in Australia where the supporters rival those of Man Utd for arrogance and gracelessness.

Sport

Event (duration in days)

Aggregate Attendance (000's)

Tennis

Wimbledon (13)

467

Horse Racing

Cheltenham Festival (4)

230

Horse Racing

Royal Ascot at York (5)

225

Golf

The Open (4)

200

Motorsport

Formula 1 at Silverstone (3)

195

Equestrian

Badminton (3)

165

Horse Racing

Aintree Grand National (3)

145

Horse Racing

Epsom Derby (2)

140

Cricket

Ashes 5th Test at the Oval (5)

115

Cricket

Ashes 3rd Test at Old Trafford (5)

112


   
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