Men's Club World Championship can expect passionate reception in Mineirinho
The Estádio Jornalista Felipe Drumond, to give the venue its full name, is the biggest indoor sporting arena in Brazil with a current capacity of 18,000 for volleyball events.
In a country that is passionate about volleyball, the Club World Championship (May 5-10) promises to be a festive celebration of sport. A month later, Belo Horizone will also be hosting FIFA World Cup matches.
"It's a great honour to receive this event for the second time in Minas Gerais,” said Tiago Lacerda, Sports and Tourism Secretary of the government of the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, which joined with the City of Belo Horizonte to bring the Club World Championship to the Mineirinho.
“With the tournament taking place a month before the FIFA World Cup, I think the organisation, teams and athletes will feel the benefit. It’s a time of internationalisation for Minas Gerais and Belo Horizone and we are expecting 130,000 foreign tourists to come here in a 50-day period.”
The Mineirinho has accommodated even greater crowds in the past. The Sada Cruzeiro club team played a Superliga final in front of nearly 20,000 spectators in Mineirinho three years ago, while there were 26,000 fans for a 1994 Brazil women’s match against China in the FIVB World Cup and a 1995 Brazil-Italy clash in the FIVB World League.
"Minas Gerais has a very strong tradition in volleyball and Mineirinho has not held a volleyball event at the international level for three years, so this return to Mineirinho is of great significance,” Mineira Volleyball Federation President Carlos Antonio Rios said. “The Club World Championship in Mineirinho will bring back the history and passion that the local people have for volleyball. This World Championship reaffirms the love that the people of Minas Gerais have for volleyball.”