Lotto Eurovolley 2017 in Poland started yesterday in Gdansk and Warsaw. At the official opening in Warsaw, Poland played against Serbia. Before that though, Finland played against Estonia in Gdansk. This match was interesting on many levels as the teams played on their highest levels to win their opening match. However it is the crowd, we would like to devote this article to.
Traveling with the national team
Undoubtedly, it is a tradition, that national teams of different countries come to championships together with crowds of their fans. People go to great lengths to support their favorite team. It is especially visible at big international tournaments such as European or World Championships in popular sports. Such a tournament is also Lotto Eurovolley 2017. It is the biggest event in men’s volleyball in Europe. As a result, different nationalities came to Poland to support their teams and to have fun at this international tournament.
The match between Finland and Estonia had all chances to become a spectacle with an amazing atmosphere. The Uralic Brothers match opened the championships in Tricity. Both nations gathered in great numbers to support their nations and the atmosphere they created was indeed great. Some 5000 spectators came to Ergo Arena to see the game. The fans from Estonia organized a special parade from the beach to the stadium announcing their arrival at the game. The spirit of friendship filled the arena even before the team arrived at the court.
Estonians cheering despite the result
Many teams could only dream about such fans as the national team of Estonia has. The crowd of 3000 people was continuously supporting their team throughout the whole game. Even during the problematic first two sets of the match, the fans believed in their players. This is probably one of the reasons why the team from Estonia came back from loosing two sets to the tie-break. We are looking forward to see how the other nations will prove to be the support of their national teams during Eurovolley 2017.