The International Tennis Federation (ITF) is hoping to attract a record attendance to the 2014 Davis Cup final after it announced the Stade Pierre-Mauroy in the French city of Lille will host this year’s event.
The multi-use venue, which is currently home to French Ligue 1 football club Lille, will see France take on Switzerland in the final from November 21-23. Although the stadium has a capacity of over 50,000, the Davis Cup finale will see a court set up at one end to make use of permanent seating in conjunction with temporary stands. The expected capacity for the final will be a minimum of 27,000 spectators.
The 2004 Davis Cup Final attracted the highest attendance in the event’s history when 27,200 spectators saw Spain beat the US at the Olympic Stadium in the Spanish city of Seville. The 2004 event also holds the record for the largest crowd at an officially sanctioned tennis match.
Jean Gachassin, president of the French Tennis Federation, is confident that this year's final will break the previous attendance record. “French tennis is really looking forward to hosting such an exciting Davis Cup final,” Gachassin said. “I am particularly happy that it will be played before a record attendance in the beautiful city of Lille.”
Francesco Ricci Bitti, president of the ITF, added: “Lille will be a spectacular setting for one of the most eagerly anticipated Davis Cup finals in years. It will be a fitting climax to a successful year for the competition that has seen strong player participation, sell-out crowds and excellent television and media coverage.”