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Almost 45,000 football fans in attendance at the Universiade in Naples

The event was a great success with the public, with 300,000 spectators across all the stadia, sports halls and swimming pools.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Almost 45,000 football fans in attendance at the Universiade in Naples

The bronze medal won by the men's University National Team led by Daniele Arrigoni was not the only cause for Italy's satisfaction surrounding football at the Universiade in Naples. Both the men's and women's matches in the football tournaments registered record numbers of spectators, with over 43,000 lining the stands. More than 300,000 spectators followed the entire event: there were also positive numbers for swimming, with over 15,000 present between the public swimming pool in Casoria and the Piscina Scandone (The Scandone Swimming Pool), and also notably for water polo, which attracted almost 25,000 spectators. The peak attendance for any individual game was in the final of the men's volleyball, as almost 6,000 spectators attended the PalaSele in Eboli to watch Italy's volleyball team triumph over Poland. This was the highest figure for the volleyball tournaments, which between the courts in Nocera and Eboli attracted 36,000 spectators.

More than 14,000 were present for the gymnastic competitions at PalaVesuvio which brought Italy even more joy and medals. And despite the fact that the Italian basketball team didn't reach the knockout phase, the men's and women's basketball tournaments did not fail to meet their high expectations: with over 30,000 spectators between PalaBarbuto, Palajacazzi, PalaCercola and PalaDelMauro. Not to mention the sea of spectators for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Universiade, with over 66,000 filling the San Paolo Stadium in Naples.