Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte will perform in front of one of the largest crowds ever seen at London’s Wembley Stadium when they meet in their hotly-anticipated heavyweight title fight on April 23.
Even by the standards of their country’s national stadium, the bout has attracted a huge attendance as WBC champion Fury fights in England for the first time since 2018, against the power-punching Londoner.
Here’s how it compares to some of the most popular events ever held at the iconic stadium.
Tyson Fury vs. Dillian Whyte attendance
When the scrap between Fury and Whyte first went on sale in March 2022, the initial provision of around 85,000 tickets sold out within hours – reflecting Fury’s huge home fanbase following his two most recent fights, when he knocked out Deontay Wilder in the US in 2020 and 2021.
Since then, the capacity at Wembley for the fight has been expanded to 90,000 – and it is thought more tickets have been released, meaning as many as 94,000 people could be there.
Record boxing crowds at Wembley Stadium
Fury and Whyte have a shared rival in former multiple title-holder Anthony Joshua, and their countryman took part in the last boxing night at Wembley Stadium, scoring a seismic knockdown win over hall-of-famer Wladimir Klitschko in front of 90,000 stunned supporters.
Three years earlier, super-middleweight great Carl Froch knocked out nemesis George Groves for a second time – and Froch has regularly reminded the public that 80,000 people were in attendance that night.
Before the new Wembley opened in 2007, smaller crowds also crammed into the former incarnation of the stadium, watching the likes of Muhammad Ali and Frank Bruno over the decades. Jack Petersen’s defeat to Walter Neusel in 1935 was one classic held there, drawing a crowd of 60,000.
Biggest football attendance at Wembley
The crowd of 89,874 who watched the FA Cup final between Portsmouth and Cardiff City in 2008 is the largest football attendance at the new Wembley.
That colossal total is comfortably eclipsed by the first ever game at the old Wembley, when kick-off was delayed by 45 minutes because some of the estimated 126,000 crowd spilled onto the pitch before Bolton Wanderers beat West Ham United 2-0 in the 1923 FA Cup final.
FA Cup Final day 1923. The first football match at Wembley.
Bolton 2 West Ham 0.
Official crowd; 126,000.
Police estimate; 300,000. pic.twitter.com/380lCjBQ7J
— Danny Kelly (@dannykellywords) August 1, 2020
Biggest ever football attendances: How does Wembley compare?
That 1923 final is almost certainly among the largest football crowds ever seen, but the 1950 World Cup final between Brazil and Uruguay at Rio’s Maracana had almost 200,000 people watching in person.
A little closer to Wembley, almost 150,000 saw fierce rivals Scotland and England meet at Glasgow’s Hampden Park in 1937. More recently, more than 109,000 saw European heavyweights Manchester United and Real Madrid play each other in a 2014 International Champions Cup match at Michigan Stadium in the US.
Wembley music concerts: Adele to Ed Sheeran
The new Wembley witnessed the record attendance for a live music event in the UK when pop artist Adele boomed out ballads to 98,000 people in 2017.
That means the “Hello” singer will still hold on to top spot in Wembley’s rankings, even if Fury vs. Whyte hits its targets on Saturday night.
Chart-toppers including Ed Sheeran, Madonna, Eminem, Beyonce and AC/DC have also filled the stadium, counting on the considerable backing of around 80,000 people a time.