The World Cup Trivia You Need To KnowThe world cup is officially in full swing, and the entire world seems to be in a manic celebration. Flights to Brazil have skyrocketed and TV viewership increased significantly in the U.S. and around the world. But none of this should come as a surpriseof course flight prices and viewership would escalate sharply during one of the biggest sporting events in the world. On the other hand, not every fact about the world cup is as obvious. Do you know the shocking amount of avocado the U.S. team is eating on a daily basis? What about how much Brazil dropped to throw the party of the year? Find out this and other brow-raising information in our top four World Cup trivia facts you need to know.
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1. Half Of The World Is Predicted To Watch The World CupAn estimated 3.6 billion people are predicted to watch this years world cup. Fanatical fans will be watching their favorite teams play on 245 different channels. According to YuMe.com, a U.S.-based advertising technology company:
- 11 percent of fans will be watching from their smart phones
- 13 percent will be watching from a connected TV
- 22 percent will be watching from a tablet
- 33 percent will be watching from a computer
2. The U.S. Is Taking An Interest In The World CupAs weve noticed by the incessant shouting of our neighbors, U.S. World Cup viewership is on the rise. The U.S. mens matches have been consistently breaking U.S. records for soccer viewership. The first U.S. match, U.S. versus Ghana, boasted 15.9 million viewers, while 18.22 million watched the U.S. tie with Portugal. But U.S. fans arent just watching on screenstheyre also flooding the stadiums in Brazil with red, white, and blue. According to FIFA, more than 200,000 World Cup tickets were purchased by U.S. residents, which makes us only second to Brazils ticket sales. Though Americans initially seemed disinterested by soccer, they are now much more invested in the sport.
3. Brazil Has A Lot Invested In SoccerThough this fact shouldnt come as a surprise, the statistics to prove it should raise eyebrows. Having participated in every World Cup and with five World Cup trophies, Brazil is the single most successful World Cup nation. But that infamy definitely comes with a price tagquite a large one. Along with the five new stadiums Brazil has built for the event, the country also upgraded another six and completely rebuilt one of their existing stadiums, projects which cost a total of $3.6 billion. The stadium in Manaus alone costs $250,000 per month to maintain. But the stadiums are only the beginning. In total, hosting the World Cup is estimated to cost Brazil $11 billion. The huge price tag has made many Brazilian citizens outraged at their governments spending. As a result, many of the World Cup games have been marked by protests against the excessive spending.
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