Italians Out-Showed Bulgarians in Attendance at 2nd Round Matches

  0 Braden Keith | September 25th, 2018 | European volleyball, Industry, International Volleyball, News

As the stakes jumped in the 2nd round of action at the 2018 FIVB Men’s Volleyball World Championship tournament, so to did attendances.

In Italy, at least.

In the 2nd round of play, there was a stark difference between attendances in Pools E and F, hosted in Assago and Balogna, Italy, respectively; and the attendances in Pools G and H, which were hosted in Sofia and Varna, respectively. The gap was even more obvious when the host teams were removed from the equation.

Host City Stadium Capacity Average Attendance % of Capacity Avg. Attendance Without Host Teams Total Attendance
Pool E Assago, Italy 12,677 10371 81.81% 7985 62224
Pool F Bologna, Italy 5,721 4650 81.28% 4650 27900
Pool G Sofia, Bulgaria 12,500 3817 30.54% 583 22900
Pool H Varna, Bulgaria 6,000 643 10.72% 643 3860

While matches involving Bulgaria drew decent crowds (7250, 8400, and 5500 against Iran, United States, and Canada, respectively) in the capital Sofia, matches without them drew just 583 fans. Pool H in Varna was even worse before the win-and-in match for Poland against Serbia on the final day drew 1,020 fans to bring its average up.

Italy, meanwhile, drew basically sell-out crowds for all 3 of its matches in Assago, averaging 12,757 fans-per-match.

The Sould Out Assago Arena to watch Italy play Russia. Courtesy: FIVB

By contrast, only 1 match in Varna, Bulgaria drew more than 1000 spectators. Courtesy: FIVB

Italy will finish out the tournament as hosts, with the Final 6, semifinals, and finals all being played in Turin at the Pala Alpitour, which seats 15,807. Bulgaria did not advance.

Italy’s next two matches will be on September 26th against Serbia and September 28th against Poland.

The tournament in total has drawn 280,337 fans so far, according to official attendance numbers. With 10 matches remaining, even a Final 6 sellout wouldn’t be enough to come close to the 563,263 fans that turned out in Poland for the 2014 Championship; even if we discredit the 61,500 that attended the tournament-opening match at the Warsaw National Football  Stadium, Poland will still draw far more fans than the combination of Italy and Bulgaria: the first-ever tournament co-hosts.


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