According to America’s Cup officials, around 500,000 people to date have been counted as spectators at the official race venues on San Francisco’s Marina Green and Piers 27-29 with another 500,000 or so expected to be tallied during the finals next month. While not specified, it’s likely safe to assume those aren’t unique visitors being counted but rather unique visits (i.e., the same person visiting multiple venues or on multiple days would be counted as multiple “people”).
While the Business Times notes “an economic forecast from earlier this year predicted 2 million people would watch the races — a tally that race organizers said they might draw when including people watching from places other than the Cup’s two main venues,” a better benchmark for the America’s Cup numbers above would be the projected number of daily spectators, not the total predicted reach.
When originally pitched, the America’s Cup Event Authority had projected the number of spectators in San Francisco would tally between 100,000 and 250,000 a day during the week and between 250,000 and 500,000 spectators a day on the weekends and final race days.
There have been 20 days of racing to date.