FIBA- Share this 01/03/2018 News February window of European Qualifiers registers 80 percent average arena occupancy rate
The 32 games played during the February window of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 European Qualifiers registered an average occupancy rate of 80 percent.
Crowds flocked in their thousands to cheer on their respective countries during a window that further underscored the unique appeal of national team competition, delivered breath-taking performances and produced a number of eye-catching results.
The top five audiences of the European Qualifiers in the February window were:
1 Georgia - 9,000 (against Germany)
2 Spain - 8,573 (against Montenegro)
3 Sweden - 8,045 (against Turkey)
4 Russia - 7,457 (against Bosnia and Herzegovina)
5= Latvia (against Turkey) & Ukraine (against Sweden) - both 6,500
France and Italy, who both sold out their home games in the first window, repeated the feat in the second window and rewarded their fans by remaining unbeaten (4-0) and thereby ensuring they will advance to the Second Round.
Austria, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Germany, Israel, Poland, Russia, Sweden and Ukraine registered their first sellouts of the Qualifiers.
The 8,045 spectators in attendance for Sweden's thrilling 59-58 win over Turkey set an attendance record for a senior men's national team game in the country.