The Super Cup will be played at the Bilbao Arena and they want an audience

4,500 people could enter. It will be the return to the women's basketball competition. It will be held on September 12 and 13 in Miribilla. Health authorities must give the go-ahead.


The next 12 and 13 September are marked on the calendar as the dates of the return of the FEB basketball to the courts. And the first date could not be more attractive. The Endesa 2020-21 Women's League Super Cup brings us a new format with four teams, two days of competition, and in a setting of such prestige as the Bilbao Arena, in Miribilla, where that same tournament has already been played in the ACB version. The novelty is that the participants want to get public, something that seems so utopian in basketball shows right now (the NBA, for example, does not go for those courses), as long as you authorize it by the health authorities. Everything is in the hands of the Basque Government. In Euskadi some indoor shows, such as ball, are having people. The promoters of the basketball event want to put a ceiling of 4,500 people with a safety distance of 1.5 between seats. The norm in the Basque Country says that up to 40 percent of the capacity covered can be covered, with a maximum of 600, so that ceiling should be expanded. In January, at the Vizcaíno Basketball Festival, a double session was scheduled with Gernika and Bilbao Basket, and the record for attendance in Spain at a women's basketball match was touched: the figure of 5,562 fans was reached, although the goal was to reach six thousand.

The participants will be Perfumerías Avenida (champion of the Queen's Cup), Spar Girona, Lointek Gernika Bizkaia and Valencia BC (2nd, 3rd and 4th classified last season), who will compete for the first title of the season in the semifinal format and end.

After the months of confinement and competitive break due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the return of the competition will be a collective triumph of the organizers, the teams, the Spanish and Autonomous Federations, the players, the referees, and all the technical and of service involved in this first edition of the new Super Cup. The influx of public will be done respecting the prevention protocols and following the regulations set by the health authorities at the time of the celebration, prioritizing at all times the safety of the participants and fans. Along the same lines, the sale of tickets will be announced later, in accordance with the guidelines that said authorities set for the dispute of this weekend of women's basketball in Miribilla.

Spar Girona defends the title won in the Catalan city last season, while Perfumerías Avenida is the great dominator of the SuperCopa, with eight titles. For Valencia BC and Lointek Gernika Bizkaia it is their first participation in the competition.

For the president of the FEB, Jorge Garbajosa, the SuperCopa LF Endesa will be “a moment of collective triumph, a return to competition that will be done with the effort of all the parties involved, and most importantly, in tribute to all those who have been affected by this terrible pandemic. In memory of the victims and those affected, the choice of the Bilbao Arena as the venue for this new Super Cup offers us an added bonus of security, since it is a first-class venue that will allow us, if the authorities so decide at the time. of their dispute, having a public and respecting the necessary social distancing measures so that the safety of all those involved is paramount. I am convinced that this return in Bilbao will leave us with images as spectacular as those of the brilliantly disputed LEB Oro Final Four in Miribilla a little over a year ago. ”

The Mayor of Bilbao, Juan Mari Aburto, highlighted that the celebration of this top-level sports competition at the Bilbao Arena is "a great opportunity for the economic activity of the Villa, for sectors such as tourism or the hotelier". The Mayor was satisfied because "the choice of Bilbao as the venue for the Super Cup shows that we continue to be an attractive city, prepared and equipped with all the necessary services for the organization of major events."

Finally, Juan Mari Aburto recalled the Bilbao firm's "firm" commitment to promoting and promoting women's sport, as one of the "keys to eliminating inequalities and promoting equality between women and men in all social spheres" .

For Jon Redondo Lertxundi, Director of Physical Activity and Sport of the Basque Government, the celebration of this Super Cup “represents a reason for satisfaction and an impulse for the sport practiced by women. Also recognizing an excellent organizational capacity, an opportunity for Basque sport. Events like this have a direct impact on the increase in basketball practice in general and that practiced by women in particular. For all these reasons, I would like to convey my early congratulations to the organization in the assurance that, despite the difficulties that exist as a result of COVID 19, for participants and followers and followers, this event will constitute a spectacular sports festival. ”

Lorea Bilbao Ibarra, Deputy of Euskera, Culture and Sport, has indicated that “the election of Bizkaia as the venue for the presentation of the Endesa Women's League and the celebration of the 1st edition of the women's basketball Super Cup is a recognition of our territory as venue for sporting events of the highest sporting level. Something that is possible thanks to the high degree of commitment and professionalism that our athletes, the associations, clubs, federations and municipalities that make up the Biscayan sports system demonstrate daily. And what can be said about the excellent opportunity it represents for the numerous and always faithful basketball fans of the territory, to be able to enjoy watching Bizkaia Lointek Gernika compete against the best teams from the last league, which will surely become an important incentive for encourage all citizens of Bizkaia, especially the youngest, to continue doing sports on a regular basis ”

The President of the Basque Basketball Federation, Germán Monge, has indicated that, within his commitment “to bring to the Basque Country great basketball events that promote our sport, what better way to bring together elite and female basketball in the anteroom of a new season, full of uncertainties but with great enthusiasm. Once again we have shown that the teamwork of federations and institutions allows us to overcome the most adverse situations. Bilbao will once again be the center of state basketball ”.

Finally, for Koldo Mendia, President of the Vizcaya Basketball Federation, “Bizkaia is a territory with a wide love for basketball in which in the last decade elite women's basketball has emerged with Lointek Gernika Bizkaia at the forefront and established projects such as the GDKO Ibaizabal and the HGB Ausarta Barakaldo. Bringing the Super Cup with the 4 best teams from the LF Endesa to Bilbao and Bizkaia is a milestone and an even greater boost to basketball in our territory. And all thanks to the collaboration of the territorial and Basque institutions and federations and again to the trust of the FEB in Bilbao as the headquarters ”.

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