Germany on target for world-record handball crowd

German handball fans

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Germany is on course to break the record attendance for a handball match ahead of next year’s Men's EHF Euro 2024.

Organisers have already sold 250,000 tickets for the European Championships, which will be held in Germany for the first time. A second sales phase for the tournament will commence this Wednesday (Sep 13).

The tournament begins with a world-record attempt at attracting more than 50,000 fans to a handball game for the first time. A sold-out MERKUR Spiel-Arena in Düsseldorf on the opening day, January 10, would mark the highest attendance ever at a handball match. The venue will host France vs North Macedonia and Germany vs Switzerland on the opening day.

“The early and high demand, especially for match days with our national team, is exciting and has overwhelmed us,” said Mark Schober, chief executive of the German Handball Association. “There are very few, if any, remaining tickets left for preliminary round game days with German participation.”

The cities of Düsseldorf, Berlin, Mannheim, Munich, Cologne and Hamburg will host games during the tournament.