Drum Corps International staged its sixth championship event in Madison, WI, last summer and, once again, it was one of the most well-attended and successful in the organization’s 35-year history.
The DCI Marketplace featured 42 booths on Breese Terrace and in the adjoining parking lot next to Camp Randall Stadium. Of the total, 24 were division I corps and the balance were sponsors and division II/III corps.
The division I quarterfinals crowd reached 8,871, with semifinals topping out at 14,624 — more than 2,000 higher than any semifinals crowd dating as far back as 1999. This year’s finals crowd at 21,232 is between those of the last two years — higher than Foxboro, MA, (20,542), but slightly lower than the 2004 DCI World Championships in Denver, CO (22,047).
Combined attendance over four days of division II/III events totaled 4,190, the most recorded at a DCI World Championship week in more than 10 years.
In addition to live Web coverage of the DCI Semifinals through the streaming “Season Pass” offering, more than 22,000 fans also took the opportunity to watch this year’s quarterfinals live in select movie theaters across the country as a part of the third “DCI Cinema Live” event.
With the numerous opportunities to experience the 2006 DCI World Championships outside the walls of Madison’s Camp Randall Stadium, combined attendance for the week’s events from August 8 to 12 increased several thousand fans beyond the attendance numbers seen last season in Foxboro, MA.