Ed Sheeran’s Sky Stadium concert in Wellington, New Zealand could have hosted a record-breaking crowd of 48,000.
The total would beat an Eminem concert in March 2019, which welcomed 46,474 fans.
Thursday’s concert was sold out and organisers said roughly 16,200 of the ticket holders were from outside of the Wellington region.
Sky Stadium chief executive Shane Harmon told New Zealand news outlet Stuff: “This is the first show of Ed’s Australia and New Zealand tour, and the single largest day event the stadium has ever held.”
The central layout of the concert allowed audiences to view the stage from all angles, which include capacity for 16,000 on the ground and 32,000 in the stands.
‘The Mathematics Tour’ is Sheeran’s first tour in Australia and New Zealand since his record-breaking 2018 ‘Divide Tour’, which saw the British singer sell more than a million tickets across the two countries.
Wellington also hosted free performances across the city’s waterfront prior to the gig.
Sheeran’s tour will now travel to Auckland’s Eden Park on February 10 followed by a second performance the day after, before heading to Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane for three nights, two nights in Sydney, and two nights at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Adelaide and Perth.