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2006 FIVB World Championships close with record attendance and TV audiences PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 05 December 2006

The record crowd in Saitama was one of the highlights of the competition
  Tokyo, 3rd December 2006 – The 2006 FIVB World Championships closed in Japan today having welcomed over 550,000 spectators across the ten cities involved in the month-long event. TV ratings were consistently high, with the women’s competition achieving an average rating of 18.1% and the final figures for the men’s competition also looking promising. The average rating of 18.1% for the women’s competition mean that well over 2 million households in the Kanto area of Japan tuned in every night to watch the action broadcast by the tournament’s host broadcaster TBS (Tokyo Broadcasting System). The peak rating came from Japan’s final Pool A match in Tokyo on November 5, when 20.6 per cent – or around 2.5 million households in the Kanto area centered around Tokyo – watched the match. Figures for the men’s competition, which finished on Sunday, are not yet available, but the FIVB is happy with the results provided by the TBS operation in Japan, which involved more than 100 staff, three massive Outside Broadcast vans and 20 cameras in the venue, including three "super slow" models to highlight the skills and emotions of the high-speed sport of volleyball. Spectator numbers were also well above FIVB President Rubén Acosta’s expectations. In a preview interview before the start of the World Championships, he had expressed the hope that over 500,000 spectators would attend the matches. “I am delighted to confirm that even my ambitious target was exceeded,” he said today. “Over 550,000 spectators have attended the FIVB World Championships and a new Japanese record for volleyball spectator attendance at a single event was set at Japan’s match against Poland on the final day of the first round.” 

The success of Japan’s women’s and men’s team undoubtedly helped to boost the ratings and attendance figures. Both teams made it through to the final classification matches and finished among the top ten, the women taking sixth place and the men eighth.

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