FIVB World League Brings In Nearly 350,000 Fans

  0 Carly DeMarque | July 10th, 2017 | Asian Volleyball, Brazilian Volleyball, Canadian Volleyball, European volleyball, FIVB World League, International Volleyball, News, NORCECA volleyball, South American Volleyball, U.S. Men's National Team

2017 FIVB VOLLEYBALL WORLD LEAUGE – GROUP 1

The month-long FIVB World League competition brought in some big numbers for their matches, while others didn’t bring in much. From looking at the number of people attending which matches, the host country definitely played a role as to whether people showed up for the match or not, which makes sense.

At the finals in Curitiba, Brazil, a total of 107,720 fans showed up fo the event with 423,720 seats made available to the spectators. The Arena Da Baixada holds a total of 42,372 seats in its facility. The conditions in the arena, however, were not exactly ideal, as Brazil is in the middle of their winter, with the temperature reaching highs of around 54 degrees Fahrenheit – making for chilly temperatures inside the arena. Arena Da Baixada is primarily used as a soccer stadium, but the stadium was the first in South American to offer a retractable roof stadium. Even with the closed roof, the conditions inside were unfavorable.

The wintry conditions made for a chilly stay at the arena and could be a factor as to why not many people were attending the finals matches. The largest crowd drawn in was the finals match between France and Brazil with 23,149 fans. This is just over half of the stadium being filled.

Final Six – Attendance
Location Matches Attendance Capacity
Pool J1 Curitiba, Brazil Brazil def. Canada 9,800 42,372
Curitiba, Brazil Canada def. Russia 8,896 42,372
Curitiba, Brazil Brazil def. Russia 14,390 42,372
Pool K1 Curitiba, Brazil France def. USA 500 42,372
Curitiba, Brazil USA def. Serbia 10,012 42,372
Curitiba, Brazil France def. Serbia 7,000 42,372
Semifinals Curitiba, Brazil Brazil def. USA 9,582 42,372
Curitiba, Brazil France def. Canada 6,736 42,372
Bronze Medal Match Curitiba, Brazil Canada def. USA 17,000 42,372
Gold Medal Match Curitiba, Brazil France def. Brazil 23,149 42,372
Total 107,065 423,720

In the preliminary round of the World League, Iran brought in the most consistent and largest crowd for their matches. Against Belgium, they had 11,000 fans in attendance and the number grew by 500 for each match after that at their Teheran matches. The final match in Iran packed the Azadi Sports Complex, which has a capacity of 12,000.

Though they brought in the most consistent crowd, they did not wrangle up the most in attendance during the preliminary rounds. A good-ole South American rivalry sparked the interest of the locals with 13,150 fans in attendance for the Argentina vs. Brazil match in Cordoba, Argentina. The match at the Orfeo Superdomo was nearly packed, as the facility holds up to 14,000 fans.

The only other consistently high-volumed crowds in the preliminary rounds were the ones held in Pesaro, Italy. The lowest attendance was the Brazil vs. Iran match with only 1,500 fans in attendance. The remainder pulled in a few thousand for each match at the Adriatic Arena, which can hold up to 10,323 fans.

Overall, slightly less than half of the seats that were made available to spectators of the preliminary rounds were filled with fans, as 242,600 fans showed up for matches, with 490,652 seats available.

Preliminary Rounds – Attendance
Location Matches Attendance Capacity
Pool A1 Pesaro, Italy Poland def. Brazil 4,000 10,323
Pesaro, Italy Italy def. Iran 6,000 10,323
Pesaro, Italy Poland def. Italy 4,500 10,323
Pesaro, Italy Brazil def. Iran 1,500 10,323
Pesaro, Italy Brazil def. Italy 7,000 10,323
Pesaro, Italy Iran def. Poland 3,200 10,323
Pool B1 Novi Sad, Serbia Canada def. Belgium 500 10,200
Novi Sad, Serbia Serbia def. USA 6,500 10,200
Novi Sad, Serbia Canada def. USA 400 10,200
Novi Sad, Serbia Belgium def. Serbia 4,300 10,200
Novi Sad, Serbia Belgium def. USA 300 10,200
Novi Sad, Serbia Serbia def. Canada 5,200 10,200
Pool C1 Kazan, Russia France def. Bulgaria 900 5,000
Kazan, Russia Russia def. Argentina 4,100 5,000
Kazan, Russia Argentina def. Bulgaria 1,200 5,000
Kazan, Russia France def. Russia 5,800 5,000
Kazan, Russia France def. Argentina 900 5,000
Kazan, Russia Bulgaria def. Russia 4,100 5,000
Pool D1 Teheran, Iran Serbia def. Argentina 4,750 12,000
Teheran, Iran Iran def. Belgium 11,000 12,000
Teheran, Iran Belgium def. Argentina 500 12,000
Teheran, Iran Serbia def. Iran 11,500 12,000
Teheran, Iran Serbia def. Belgium 2,100 12,000
Teheran, Iran Iran def. Argentina 12,000 12,000
Pool E1 Varna, Bulgaria Brazil def. Canada 2,500 6,000
Varna, Bulgaria Bulgaria def. Poland 5,500 6,000
Varna, Bulgaria Brazil def. Poland 1,800 6,000
Varna, Bulgaria Canada def. Bulgaria 5,700 6,000
Varna, Bulgaria Poland def. Canada 900 6,000
Varna, Bulgaria Bulgaria def. Brazil 6,000 6,000
Pool F1 Pau, France USA def. Italy 1,800 7,500
Pau, France France def. Russia 3,750 7,500
Pau, France USA def. Russia 3,100 7,500
Pau, France France def. Italy 5,100 7,500
Pau, France Russia def. Italy 3,200 7,500
Pau, France France def. USA 5,400 7,500
Pool G1 Cordoba, Argentina Brazil def. Bulgaria 4,200 14,000
Cordoba, Argentina Serbia def. Argentina 7,500 14,000
Cordoba, Argentina Bulgaria def. Serbia 8,900 14,000
Cordoba, Argentina Argentina def. Brazil 13,150 14,000
Cordoba, Argentina Brazil def. Serbia 4,000 14,000
Cordoba, Argentina Argentina def. Bulgaria 8,600 14,000
Pool H1 Katowice, Poland USA def. Iran 4,500 11,000
Katowice, Poland Russia def. Poland 8,500 11,000
Lodz, Poland Russia def. USA 5,000 12,100
Lodz, Poland Poland def. Iran 8,000 12,100
Lodz, Poland Russia def. Iran 3,300 12,100
Lodz, Poland USA def. Poland 7,800 12,100
Pool I1 Antwerp, Belgium Italy def. France 750 5,019
Antwerp, Belgium Canada def. Belgium 2,050 5,019
Antwerp, Belgium France def. Canada 1,500 5,019
Antwerp, Belgium Belgium def. Italy 3,500 5,019
Antwerp, Belgium Canada def. Italy 1,200 5,019
Antwerp, Belgium France def. Belgium 3,150 5,019
Total 242,600 490,652

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Carly DeMarque

Carly DeMarque has been involved with competitive volleyball for the majority of her life, playing competitively at the club and collegiate level for 15 years and coaching club for five. Now a retired Division I volleyball athlete out of McNeese State University, she continues her volleyball enthusiasm by stepping back into …

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