So this last week I was watching some of the Olympic channel, which just launched here, for the first time and they were showing highlights of the Paralympic world champs.
I couldn't get over how big the crowds were. Like massive.
I meant to start a thread then but forgot about it but maybe it's best that I waited as now the attendance figures are in. There were more than 280,000 that showed up over 10 days and I'm wondering what explains the popularity of the Paralympics in the UK?
When it's held elsewhere in the world, literally almost no one show up.
â€œBig crowds, a lot of media attention, a lot of attention in general. An actual stadium to compete in. My first world championship in New Zealand back in 2011, we probably had 100 people a day. In Doha two years ago we probably had about 10. Lyon was a good step up after 2012, but this one has just blown it out of the water in terms of organisation. Itâ€™s just been perfect, weâ€™ve been so well looked after and treated," said Hannah Cockroft, whose three gold medals helped Great Britain to finish third in the standings behind China and the USA with 39 medals.
I remember the 2012 Paralympics were well attended in London (stats say 2.8 million tickets) as well.
So what explains it? Any Brits or Paralympic fans got an idea?
PS. To be fair, ticket sales for the Paralympics in Olympic years have bene strong in other places as well. Rio did allegedly sell 1.8m tickets last year after being stuck at an embarrassing 200,000 a month before the games. Beijing's were officially 1.7m.