The Numbers Game: All The Inside Data You Need for

The Numbers Game: All The Inside Data You Need for Friday's World Cup DrawnewsLEIPZIG (by FIFAworldcup.com) -This Friday 9 December 2005 Leipzig becomes the "capital of world football" when it hosts the Final Draw for the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™. Millions of television viewers will follow the draw with the same passion and tension as the national coaches at the Messe Convention Centre. FIFAworldcup.com had fun picking out some of the most striking numbers surrounding the preparations for this huge unparalleled event. The countdown starts at 350 million... 350 million: the number of viewers expected to watch the draw on TV 20500m²: the size of Hall 1 at the Messe Convention Centre in Leipzig where the draw is to take place 11000: the number of seated guests representing the maximum capacity of Hall 1 6000: the number of official passes allocated including 2000 for journalists4800m²: the size of the stage on which the ceremony will take place 1996: the year in which the Messe in Leipzig was opened 1400: the number of spotlights that will illuminate the ceremony 500: the number of workers employed to set up the equipment for the TV broadcast245: the number of volunteers (60 per cent female 40 per cent male) who will help to ensure that the evening runs smoothly 243 metres: the length of Hall 1 182: the number of days until the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ kicks off 180: the number of print media journalists expected in the mixed zone to gather the post-draw reactions; 130 radio and television reporters 60 photographers and 40 journalists from news agencies are also expected 150: the number of volunteers who contributed to the success of the FIFA Confederations Cup Germany 2005 72 years: the age of the eldest of these volunteers 46: the number of kilometres of cable required for the electrical installations 37m x 9.20m: the size of the two giant screens 31: the number of coaches of the qualified teams who should be present in Leipzig on Friday. Jose Pekerman the coach of Argentina will not be making the journey due to personal reasons.