The Paralympic Games in Rio were a big success for everyone – the athletes, the organisers, the spectators and especially for wheelchair basketball.
Ticket sales from the Paralympic Games have been published and wheelchair basketball sold 85% of the tickets available. There were 416,776 tickets up for grabs for people to be treated to the spectacle of wheelchair basketball. Across the 9 days of action a total of 354,734 sold, in comparison the ticket sales from the athletics were 319,564.
President of the IWBF, Ulf Mehrens, said “IWBF are very pleased to see that the wheelchair basketball competition at the Paralympic Games was so well received. The ticket sales are impressive. As in the past the men’s and women’s tournament were a magnet for the public interest. During the Games you could always see that the wheelchair basketball was already very popular in Brazil and the audience consistently knowledgeable and enthusiastic.”
The organisers behind the Paralympics celebrated a spectacular outstanding success passing the two million ticket sale mark including a number of sold out days. Rio 2016 saw the second-biggest attendance ever, behind London 2012.