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%.”, writes EHF-EURO.COM.