Argentina-Brazil Hits Highest Attendance Of World League Group 1

  0 Jared Anderson | June 19th, 2017 | FIVB World League, International Volleyball, News


Note: All attendance figures are direct from the FIVB World League website. If attendance numbers are listed wrong on the site, those errors will throw off this data as well. In addition, attendance figures are not available for the Sunday Argentina-Bulgaria match as of publication.

The South American showdown between Argentina and Brazil drew in more than 13,000 spectators, passing up last weekend’s Iran-Argentina match for the highest attendance figure of the 2017 World League Group 1 slate.

With attendance figures only available for 5 of the 6 matches in Argentina, that site still led all three week 3 sites in total and average attendance, and had the highest average attendance figure of any of the 9 pool host sites. Argentina averaged about 7500 spectators per match, outstripping the 6900 pace set by Iran last weekend.


Note: Pool H1 was split between two sites. Thursday’s matches took place at Spodek in Katowice, Poland, while Saturday and Sunday were both held at the Atlas Arena in Lodz, Poland. For simplicity, we’ve listed Pool H1’s host as Lodz.

Argentina pulled big crowds, beating out Poland’s aggregate attendance figure even without including the unknown attendance at Sunday’s final match between Argentina and Bulgaria. If that match drew the average home attendance for a match involving Argentina (10,325), then Argentina would soar past Iran for the highest total attendance at more than 48,000 over six matches.

Week 3 had two of the three highest sites in average attendance, but also the lowest attendance site of all 9 hosts in Antwerp, Belgium. Belgium only pulled about 2000 fans per match, never cracking 3500 for any single match. That was despite Belgium’s pool including the tournament’s best team – France – along with final round qualifiers Canada, and with Belgium in the hunt for a spot in the final round. Ultimately, Belgium finished 7th, missing the finals by one spot.

Week 3 Sites:

Pool Site Average Game Attendance Total Attendance
G1 Cordoba, Argentina 7550 37,750
H1 Lodz, Poland 6183 37,100
I1 Antwerp, Belgium 2025 12,150

All Weeks:

Week Pool Site Average Game Attendance Total Attendance
3 G1 Cordoba, Argentina 7550 37,750
2 D1 Tehran, Iran 6975 41,850
3 H1 Lodz, Poland 6183 37,100
1 A1 Pesaro, Italy 4283 25,700
2 E1 Varna, Bulgaria 3733 22,400
2 F1 Pau, France 3725 22,350
1 B1 Novi Sad, Serbia 2867 17,200
1 C1 Kazan, Russia 2833 17,000
3 I1 Antwerp, Belgium 2025 12,150


Week 3’s hosts all had pretty consistent attendance, without major spikes for the home team, at least compared to previous weeks. Belgium’s attendance went up about 150% for matches involving Belgium compared to those not involving the host team. But that only ranks 5th among the 9 host cities for home attendance boost.

Argentina had extremely high attendance across the board, with the highest average figure for matches not involving the host nation by a longshot. Matches in Argentina not involving the Argentine team drew an average of 5700 spectators – more than double the previous site high. Poland had the second-highest figure at just over 4200. Some of that might be attributable to every match taking on more significance as teams made their final pushes for final 6 berths. Argentina also got a boost from 2 of its 3 non-Argentina matches featuring neighboring Brazil.

Week 3:

Pool Site Home Team Playing Home Team Not Playing % Boost For Home Team Matches
G1 Cordoba, Argentina 10,325 5,700 81.1%
H1 Lodz, Poland 8,100 4,267 89.8%
I1 Antwerp, Belgium 2,900 1,150 152.2%

All weeks:

Week Pool Site Home Team Playing Home Team Not Playing % Boost For Home Team Matches
1 B1 Novi Sad, Serbia 5,333 400 1233.33%
2 D1 Tehran, Iran 11,500 2,450 369.39%
1 C1 Kazan, Russia 4,667 1,000 366.67%
2 E1 Varna, Bulgaria 5,733 1,733 230.77%
3 I1 Antwerp, Belgium 2,900 1,150 152.17%
1 A1 Pesaro, Italy 5,667 2,900 95.40%
3 H1 Lodz, Poland 8,100 4,267 89.84%
3 G1 Cordoba, Argentina 10,325 5,700 81.14%
2 F1 Pau, France 4,750 2,700 75.93%


With Poland pushing its Friday matches up to Thursday, week 3 was split between four days instead of five. Interestingly, the Thursday matches drew huge attendance. Poland-Russia was the highest-attended match in Poland for the entire weekend, and US-Iran was the highest-attended match at the site not featuring the host Polish team.

Saturday’s matches drew the highest attendance, reversing the trend of the past two weeks, in which Saturday’s attendance was lower than both Friday and Sunday. Meanwhile, Sunday attendance was relatively low in week 3, though that figure doesn’t include the unavailable attendance figures for Argentina-Bulgaria, which would likely bring up the average significantly.

Date Average Attendance
6/15 6500
6/16 3625
6/17 6675
6/18 3890

Previous weeks:

Date Average Attendance
6/2 3583
6/3 2950
6/4 3450

Date Average Attendance
6/9 4883
6/10 4617
6/11 4933


A few more fast facts:

  • Highest single-match attendance:
    • This week: 13,150, Argentina vs Brazil in Cordoba, Argentina
    • All weeks: 13,150, Argentina vs Brazil in Cordoba, Argentina
  • Lowest single-match attendance:
    • This week: 750, Italy vs France in Antwerp, Belgium
    • All weeks: 300, Belgium vs USA in Novi Sad, Serbia
  • Highest attendance for a match not involving the host nation:
    • This week: 8900, Bulgaria vs Serbia in Cordoba, Argentina
    • All weeks: 8900, Bulgaria vs Serbia in Cordoba, Argentina
  • Lowest attendance for a match involving the host nation:
    • This week: 2050, Canada vs Belgium in Antwerp, Belgium
    • All weeks: 2050, Canada vs Belgium in Antwerp, Belgium

Argentina has now been involved in the two most-attended matches of the event so far. 13,150 turned out to see the Argentines play Brazil at home, and 12,000 attended the Argentina-Iran match in Iran last weekend.

Of the 6 matches with less than 1000 spectators throughout the tournament, 3 have featured Belgium and 1 was hosted in Belgium.



Date Pool Winner Loser Host Nation Attendance Home team involved?
6/16 G1 Brazil Bulgaria Argentina 4200 No
6/16 G1 Serbia Argentina Argentina 7500 Yes
6/17 G1 Bulgaria Serbia Argentina 8900 No
6/17 G1 Argentina Brazil Argentina 13150 Yes
6/18 G1 Brazil Serbia Argentina 4000 No
6/18 G1 Argentina Bulgaria Argentina Yes
6/15 H1 United States Iran Poland 4500 No
6/15 H1 Russia Poland Poland 8500 Yes
6/17 H1 Russia United States Poland 5000 No
6/17 H1 Poland Iran Poland 8000 Yes
6/18 H1 Russia Iran Poland 3300 No
6/18 H1 United States Poland Poland 7800 Yes
6/16 I1 Italy France Belgium 750 No
6/16 I1 Canada Belgium Belgium 2050 Yes
6/17 I1 France Canada Belgium 1500 No
6/17 I1 Belgium Italy Belgium 3500 Yes
6/18 I1 Canada Italy Belgium 1200 No
6/18 I1 France Belgium Belgium 3150 Yes

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