How 2024 Challenge Cup final attendance compares to previous new Wembley figures

Wigan Warriors celebrate their 21st Challenge Cup title.
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The Challenge Cup final adorned the pretigious new Wembley turf for the 17th time on Saturday afternoon. Securing their 21th title, it was Wigan Warriors who ran out victorious, defeating Warrington Wolves 18-8 to ensure the club holds all four trophies on offer at the same time.

Defeating Penrith Panthers in the World Club Challenge back in February, Wigan won the Super League Grand Final against Catalans Dragons last autumn. They also won the League Leaders Shield, securing first place against Leigh Leopards in the final regular season round last year.

In total, 64,845 were in attendance to see their latest trophy win, with a 6,632 jump on last year's cup final between Leigh Leopards and Hull KR. That day, 58,213 saw the Leythers triumph 17-16 over the Robins, with Lachlan Lam landing the winning drop-goal in golden point.

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2024's edition, meanwhile was the biggest attendance since Hull FC defeated Wigan 18-14 back in 2017, with 68,525 in London that day to see the Black and Whites go back-to-back.

However, the last time the final broke the 80,000 attendance barrier was almost a decade ago, with 80,140 there to see Leeds Rhinos inflict a record defeat on the Robins in 2015. Tom Briscoe scored five tries, with the Rhinos winning 50-0.

The highest ever attendance at the new Wembley was in 2010, with 85,217 through the turnstiles to witness Warrington defeat Leeds 30-6. The first ever final under the arch saw St Helens run out 30-8 winners over Catalans Dragons in front of 84,241.

The lowest figure without restrictions was in 2018, with just 50,672 there to Catalans defeat Warrington 20-14. In 2021, there was a restricted crowd of 40,000 as St Helens beat Castleford Tigers 26-12. Leeds' 17-16 victory over Salford Red Devils in 2020 was played behind closed doors.

Here is a rundown of every Challenge Cup final attendance at the new Wembley.

2007: 84,241, St Helens 30 Catalans 8
2008: 82,821, St Helens 28 Hull FC 16
2009: 76,560, Warrington 25 Huddersfield 16
2010: 85,217, Warrington 30 Leeds 6
2011: 78,482, Wigan 28 Leeds 18
2012: 79,180, Warrington 35 Leeds 18
2013: 78,137, Wigan 16 Hull FC 0
2014, 77,914, Leeds 23 Castleford 10
2015: 80,140, Leeds 50 Hull KR 0
2016: 76,235, Hull FC 12 Warrington 10
2017: 68,525, Hull FC 18 Wigan 14
2018: 50,672, Catalans 20 Warrington 14
2019: 62,717, Warrington 18 St Helens 4
2020: N/A, Leeds 17 Salford 16
2021: 40,000, St Helens 26 Castleford 12
2022: 51,628, Wigan 16 Huddersfield 14
(Played at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium)
2023: 58,213, Leigh 17 Hull KR 16
2024: 64,845, Wigan 18 Warrington 8