The exciting volleyball final match resulting in coach Graziosi’s Italian team winning tie break against Poland is the event with the highest attendance in the 30th Summer Universiade Napoli 2019. On the evening of July 13th, 5080 spectators were present on the tribunes of Palasele, in Eboli; an unforgettable “Mexican wave” accompanied Italy towards a victory that, at some point, seemed out of reach. The performance by the Italian female team, on the other hand, was the second most popular event in terms of audience: 5323 were the spectators attending the final match against Russia, which took place on July 12th, always in Palasele. A similar setting and a similar number of visitors, with a different result attesting the prowess of the Russian athletes in that situation. The final day of the athletics competitions, hosted in San Paolo Stadium, was the third most viewed event, with an attendance of 4590 people. The men’s, women’s and mixed doubles finals, which took place on Friday, July 13th, at Tennis Club Napoli on the Caracciolo Promenade, are among the competitions with the highest presence of public.
In any case, Naples’ Piscina Scandone stands as the most popular venue, with an attendance of 25.709 people between swimming races and water polo matches, with audience peaks during the water polo finals. San Paolo Stadium places second in the venue special ranking, having hosted the iconic Olympic sport par excellence: athletics. The overall attendance number for the venue located in Fuorigrotta was 23.901 during the six days of competitions. Eboli’s Palasele places third: 22.230 were the supporters during the 9 days of competitions. PalaVesuvio, the fascinating building hosting artistic and rhythmic gymnastics, registered the most surprising results: in 8 days, the venue in Ponticelli counted 14.191 spectators, with peaks surpassing 3.000 presences coinciding with the final days of competitions. The overall attendance in PalaBarbuto (basketball), with 11.167 people, PalaDelMauro (basketball), 10.155, and Caserta’s Stadio del Nuoto, 8.222, was a very positive outcome as well. Mostra d’Oltremare’s pool, after being closed for 40 years, also registered unexpected numbers, with 6427 diving fans attending in the 7 days of competitions.