New handball attendance record to be set!


18 January 2017

Lille Metropole’s Stade Pierre-Mauroy is almost sold out for the French team’s eighth-final (Saturday, 18:00 CET). With an indoor capacity of 28,010 seats, the northern stadium should set a new attendance record in the history of Men’s Handball World Championship. Here is everything you need to know in order to take part in this historical event.


…is the current all-time attendance record for an indoor World Championship since 1938. It was set on 15 June 1999, during the final Russia vs Spain (24:25) in Cairo, Egypt. As Stade Pierre-Mauroy has a capacity of 28,010 seats, this record is likely to be beaten on Saturday, during the eighth-final between the French team and the team that will take the fourth spot in Group B (it could be either Iceland, FYR Macedonia or Tunisia).

It’s going to be red-hot

Many activities are planned for this first game in Lille Metropole: before the game, some workshops will offer fans the opportunity to paint their faces with their countries’ colours. The fans will also have the opportunity to find the vital equipment for any supporter. Once they will settle in the stands, the fans will not only attend a top-level sport match, but also share a particularly festive moment. At half-time, fans will have the opportunity to win the ‘best fan’ trophy awarded by Caisse d’Epargne to the best ‘phenomenal dancer’ to the tune “Lordly” by FEDER, the official soundtrack of the 2017 World Championship.

… but be dressed for winter!

Even if Stade Pierre-Mauroy will be turned into an indoor arena, on one-half of the pitch and with the roof closed, remember to dress warmly, as the outside temperature is particularly cold at the present time.

Plan your arrival!

Help yourself preparing your game of the day. More than 28,000 are awaited in the stands of Stade Pierre-Mauroy and the security measures will, of course, be enhanced. We advise you to arrive a little sooner to be sure not to miss the beginning of the show. All practical information are available here.

Still some tickets available…

Those of you who were waiting to know where the French team was going to play its eighth-final should now hurry up and book your tickets! Stade Pierre-Mauroy should be sold out for the occasion, but there are still some tickets available on the ticketing website! To acquire them, you just have to click here.

Photo: Stephane Allaman / DPPI