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EHF EURO 2016 breaks spectator record

NEWS REPORT: Spectator and TV audience numbers a key focus of Thursday’s EHF EURO 2016 press conference

Photo: Uros Hocevar

With six matches still left to play, the EHF EURO 2016 has already attracted more spectators than any other European Championship before.

“I’m pleased to announce that, thanks to the huge support from the Polish public and fans from across the world, we have already beaten the EHF EURO spectator record,” said EHF President Jean Brihault at a press conference on Thursday.

“The record of 316,000 set in Denmark in 2014 has been surpassed – before the final weekend – with 342,115 spectators following the action in all four venues.”

It is not only Poles filling the stands. 40,000 fans have travelled from abroad, with Germans, Danes and Norwegians representing the highest percentage of international visitors. As Norway and Germany remain in the race for the medals, an unforgettable atmosphere can be expected during the final round.

EHF Secretary General Michel Wiederer expanded on the spectator numbers with information on television audiences, saying that the final Group 2 match between Germany and Denmark was one of the most watched so far.

“In Germany, the match yesterday against Denmark was watched by 5.61 million people with a 21.1% share of the market – the second most watched programme on television,” said Wiederer.

“In Denmark, on TV2, up to 1.7 million people watched the match – a market share of 70.8%.”

It is not only the upcoming finals that will make for an exciting end to the EHF EURO, but also the confirmation of the final European place in the Olympic Qualification Tournament, and direct qualification to the Men’s IHF World Championship 2017 in France.

“The final weekend is approaching, and we look forward to the highlight games of the competition – both in Krakow and Wroclaw. We wish the teams the very best of luck and look forward to welcoming 1000s of fans,” concluded Brihault.

written by Courtney Gahan / ts