At D-100 from the opening of this Women’s EURO, the “Handballissime” event of 2018 is being displayed in full colour, and not only on the sand of the Beach Handball Tour! While the Organising Committee is taking shape, the summer is also proving to be a great time for ticket sales.
20,000 additional seats sold since the random draw
So far, 40% of the tickets (i.e. 66,000 tickets) have been sold for the most important year-end sports event. The draw for the preliminary round groups in June of this year at the Maison de la Radio (Paris) gave the sales a boost, with 20,000 additional seats having been purchased since the announcement of the make-up of the 4 groups. Also, the Palais des Sports de Nancy, the host site for the French team’s pool, has sold out (5280 seats) for the second game that France will play against Slovenia (2 December at 15:00).
”While the matches of the French team are encouraging ticket sales, the challenge in the coming weeks will be to increase attendance rates for the main round, in other regions including the Grand Est (Nancy) and the Pays de la Loire (Nantes), where other very high-level matches are expected”, explains Sylvie Pascal-Lagarrigue, Chairwoman of the Organising Committee. 8,000 people have already made plans to be on-hand at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris on 16 December (6 PM) in order to watch the final match (versus 6,000 before the summer). With attractive pricing (65% of matches accessible for under €8, tickets starting at €5 and special prices for the handball family), the EHF EURO 2018 is successfully attracting both handball fans and the general public!
Music at the heart of the event
With music as a common theme and a desire to bring together two worlds that are really quite close, the EHF EURO 2018 is furthering its partnership with the Paris Philharmonic, that, through its DEMOS orchestras will fill the arenas with the official music, Grieg’s “In the Hall of the Mountain King”. With this partnership, each of the two signatories aims to extend its appeal.
While keeping to the topic of music, the EHF EURO 2018 is the first international sports event organised in France to have its own account on the preferred music application of young people, TikTok (formerly musical.ly), that has more than 150 million daily users worldwide.
Building up the Organising Committee
In Paris and throughout the country, the Organising Committee is taking shape: 30 people are currently employed full-time, with an objective of 70 (Paris and nationwide) during the event. The coordinator for the East region (and future Nancy site director) and the coordinator for the West region (and future Nantes site director) took up their positions during the summer, and will be joined by their dedicated teams starting in October. The 1800 volunteer applications (registrations end on 31/08) are currently being studied before taking on 1300 volunteers, who will be recruited and trained in October-November with the help of Uniformation.
A summer on display for the EHF EURO 2018!
Many “Handballissime” actions were carried out during the summer. As such, Rok and Koolette, the competition’s official mascots, made a visit to Brest during the 2018 Tour de France.
The event’s colours were on display on the beaches of the Beach Handball Tour managed by FFHandball, and the EHF EURO 2018 will be visiting the men during the EuroTournoi (Strasbourg - 23 to 26 August) and during the Champions’ Trophy (1 September) that will be perfect for warming up the audience in Montbéliard three months before the start of the EURO.
The Ligue Féminine de Handball (Women’s Handball League) is celebrating its 10th birthday this year, and will highlight the EHF EURO 2018 as part of its opening conference on 27 August and during the fourth day of the Championship (12 September) with a specially dedicated décor! Finally, while a group of Organising Committee employees will run in “La Parisienne” (9 September) under the competition’s colours, the entire 2003 world champion French women’s team will meet in Annecy on 8 and 9 September for a “Handballissime” challenge.
After the 2017 Men’s World Championship, the upcoming opening of the Maison du Handball and the EHF EURO 2018, handball is in great shape in France!