Huge Crowds at opening matches in Rome and Varna
Rome, Italy, and Varna, Bulgaria, September 11, 2018 – The
opening matches of the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World
Championship, jointly hosted by Italy and Bulgaria, recorded
sell-out crowds on the opening night on Sunday, as fans packed
the two arenas to watch some of the world’s best volleyball
athletes in action.
Italy’s opening 3-0 victory over Japan at the Foro Italico in
Rome, drew a capacity crowd of 11,170 which included Sergio
Mattarella, President of the Italian Republic.
Not to be outdone, Bulgaria also enjoyed a sell-out crowd, with
almost 5,000 fans watching the team’s opening 3-0 victory over
Finland at the Palace of Sport and Culture in Varna. And like in
Rome, among those present were Bulgaria President Rumen Radev
and Minister for Sport Krasen Kralev.
The Men’s World Championship has become the most in-demand event
in Bulgaria, after it was confirmed by the country’s leading
online ticket retailer, eventim.bg that tickets for matches in
Varna had reached number one on the website’s most searched
Tickets for the semifinals and final in Turin, Italy, have
almost sold out as excitement builds around the FIVB’s engaging
new sports presentation, which includes a courtside DJ and MC to
maximise fan experience. However, there are still a few
opportunities left to secure seats for one of world volleyball’s
most prestigious events.
With the event being jointly hosted for the first time in FIVB
history, more fans than ever before can witness the incredible
athleticism up close. Teams will play throughout Italy and
Bulgaria, competing for a spot in the third and final round.