Málaga lands 2023 FIBA basketball showcase


Malaga will host Basketball Champions League Final Four Image: Palacio de Deportes José María Martín Carpena, Frog17, CC BY-SA 4.0

The City of Málaga (Spain) has been awarded the hosting rights for the 2023 Final Four, the Basketball Champions League (BCL) announced recently. The eagerly anticipated event that will crown the 2022-2023 BCL champion is set to take place from May 12th-14th.

‘BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE’ stated that the host club – the Spanish professional basketball team Unicaja – the reigning Spanish Copa del Rey (an annual knockout football competition in Spanish football) champions, were the first team to secure a spot in this year’s Final Four after sweeping Ucam Murcia CB 2-0 in the Quarter-Finals and will compete in the showpiece event of the BCL for the first time in the club history.

The Basketball Champions League (BCL) is the premier European professional basketball competition for clubs launched by FIBA. The BCL is an innovative joint partnership between FIBAClubCo and 11 top European leagues. It is a fair competition based on sporting principles with teams qualifying through national leagues.

Mies (Switzerland)-based the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) is an association of national organizations which governs the sport of basketball worldwide. Originally known as the Fédération internationale de basket-ball amateur, in 1989 it dropped the word amateur from its name but retained the acronym.

‘BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE’ further stated that Germany’s Basketball Bundesliga team Telekom Baskets Bonn, that prevailed 2-1 in their Quarter-Final series against the French professional basketball club SIG Strasbourg, and Israel’s Israeli Basketball Premier League team Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem, who defeated the Greek professional basketball AEK 2-1, will make their maiden appearance at a BCL Final Four.

By contrast, the fourth title contender has enormous experience of BCL season-ending tournaments: Lenovo Tenerife (Spain), who eliminated their peer team Baxi Manresa 2-1 in the Quarter-Finals, are the defending BCL champions and also won the first ever edition of the competition, in 2016-2017, while they reached the Final in 2018-2019.

The two Semi-Final clashes will take place on May 12th, with the Final and the Third-Place Game to be held on May 14th.

Basketball Showcase Tickets

‘EUROHOOPS.NET’ stated that various available routes to buy tickets to the 2023 Basketball Champions League Final Four were announced on April 25th.

Tickets to the 2023 Final Four in Málaga will go on sale to the general public on April 29th, after each club has received its corresponding share of tickets to its own fans, the organizers announced on April 25th.

‘EUROHOOPS.NET’ further stated that fans of each of the four competing teams who wish to secure their tickets to the big event are advised to contact their club in order to enquire for availability.

Unicaja have announced that the prices of these packages will range from 68 euros for an upper tribune seat to 240 euros for seat in the lower tribune, and are valid for all four games of the tournament in the Palacio de Deportes José María Martín Carpena.

The Palacio de Deportes José María Martín Carpena is an indoor sporting arena that is located in Málaga, Spain. The current seating capacity of the arena is 11,300 for sports, and 10,000 for large concert events.

The two Semi-Finals take place on May 12th, with the clash between Lenovo Tenerife and Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem tipping off at 17:30 CET and the encounter between Unicaja and Telekom Baskets Bonn starting at 20:30 CET.

The big Final is scheduled for 20:00 CET on May 14th while the Third-Place game will take place at 17:00 CET on the same day.

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