14 January 2017
Five of the seven matches scheduled today have been sold out. Before the last three games starting at 20:45 tonight, 30,091 spectators have turned up for the event this Saturday in Metz and Nantes; all of this without France, the host, not even playing!
No need for the French team to be playing in order to fill the arenas here at the 25th IHF Men’s Handball World Championship. Obviously, the venues are crowded each time France are playing, but the attendance figures recorded this Saturday — without the reigning world champions even being scheduled — proves the popular enthusiasm for France 2017. The Metz Arena was sold out with 5,054 spectators attending two games: Iceland vs Slovenia (25:26) and Tunisia vs Spain (21:26). In Nantes: 10,171 made some noise during Brazil vs Poland (28:24) and Norway vs Russia (28:24); both games had a total crowd of 30,091 fans! And the day is not over: Hungary vs Croatia will also be sold out in Rouen. Egypt vs Danmark in Paris and Angola vs FYR Macedonia in Metz are the two last games of the day.