Sydney hosts record-breaking FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup
MIES (Switzerland) - The iconic moments never stop dropping and that was evidenced recently by the phenomenal and landmark FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup 2022 in Australia.
With top class organization, some record-breaking numbers on and off the court, incredible crowds, exciting games and a Hollywood style ending for a female hoops legend, Sydney really did have it all.
Australia lost to France in front of 10,000 fans on the first night, while Puerto Rico had made history with a maiden victory on opening day. They would then proudly reach the Quarter-Finals for the first time.
By the Semi-Finals, USA stormed past Canada and China won a tense thriller against Australia.
But the Opals bounced back with bronze as the legendary Lauren Jackson scored 30 points in a fairytale finish to her stellar career. She did it while equaling the All-Time appearance record in the competition.
USA took their 11th title by beating China in front of a sold-out 16,000 fans at the Sydney Superdome. A'ja Wilson was TISSOT MVP and joined in the All-Star Five presented by Google by teammate Breanna Stewart, plus Xu Han of China, Steph Talbot of Australia and Bridget Carleton of Canada.
USA had a record-breaking tournament and never lost en route to yet another title
Multiple records tumbled, including USA recording a best-ever 145 points in a game, plus the highest-ever team efficiency score. Korea's Leeseul Kang racked up a best-ever individual efficiency score of 44 and China showed their attractive team-orientated approach by setting a highest-ever 41 assists in a game.
Meanwhile, exciting center duo Xu Han of China and Australia's Ezi Magbegor both equaled the game-high record of 5 blocks, with Lauren Jackson becoming only the third player in history to surpass 600 career points in the competition.
Off the court, there were some unprecedented broadcast, attendance, digital and social media numbers, which underlined the continuous growth and interest in women's basketball globally. It also evidenced the feeling that the tournament was a stunning success.
There were a jaw-dropping 1.1 billion impressions and 14 million engagements across social platforms - five times more than for the previous edition. Meanwhile, half a billion video views represented a staggering seven times more than during 2018.
FIBA's @FIBAWWC social accounts quadrupled during the calendar year, and the official FIBA Women's Basketball 2022 World Cup website had 1.5 million fans visit, which was close to a 100 percent increase.
A phenomenal audience growth in key markets on the broadcast side also created new benchmarks for women's basketball. The event reached an audience of half a million in the host country, and viewership tripled in the USA despite a challenging time zone difference in comparison to 2018, with ESPN the broadcast partner in both countries.
Meanwhile, Chinese fans were captivated by their team's brave run to the title game, with the total audience reach (CCTV-5 and Tencent) exceeding 750 million across the tournament. Indeed the Final between China and USA was watched by over 18 million viewers on CCTV-5 in China, with another 23 million video views generated on Tencent.
Yes, there was so much to love and with 145,519 overall fans in attendance at the tournament - the most ever for the event, Sydney just raised the bar sky-high for those who must now follow.