16 January 2017
It’s only day six of the 2017 IHF Men’s Handball World Championship and up to 200,000 spectators have attended the preliminary round matches in the four host cities of Paris, Nantes, Metz and Rouen. In total, ten matches were sold out during the last six days.
With President François Hollande in attendance, it all started with France’s opening tie against Brazil on 11 January with a packed AccorHotels Arena in Paris. From there we have also seen sold-out ties in Arenes de Metz for Tunisia – Iceland, in the Kindarena for Hungary – Croatia and in Nantes’ Parc des Expositions – Hall XXL with a passionate crowd cheering on Brazil – Poland.
With the tournament only in its infancy, and with all the big ‘crunch-time’ games to come, we can only expect this upward trend of ticket sales to continue right into knockout stages.
The final rounds (i.e. eighth-finals onward) of the 25th IHF Men’s Handball World Championship will take place in Paris (AccorHotel Arena), Lille Metropole (Stade Pierre Mauroy), Albertville (Halle Olympique) and Montpellier (L’Arena)
Interestingly, the all-time attendance record for a handball game in France was already broken in Paris on the opening day (15,609), but the Stade Pierre Mauroy arena in Lille – with a capacity of 27,500 – is expected to smash this record. Stay tuned!