Basketball will have an audience again this Sunday

The Mendizorroza sports center in Vitoria finalizes the details to have 500 spectators out of a capacity of 3,500 in the Euskal Kopa between Baskonia and Bilbao Basket. There will be many safety and hygiene measures.


Basketball hopes to gradually come out of the bubble. But there is still a long way to go. The Mendizorroza sports center in Vitoria will mark a turning point in Spain and in almost all of Europe, since for the first time after confinement, it will have people in the stands. Everything is ready for Euskal Kopa, which will face TD Systems Baskonia and RETAbet Bilbao Basket on Sunday at 6:00 p.m., with a maximum capacity of 500 spectators, out of a total capacity of 3,500. The organizing bodies and the two clubs presented the event and admitted that they are something like the protagonists of a dress rehearsal for the more immediate future in the sport of the basket.

There will be one hundred seats reserved for press, television, collaborators and members of both teams. The separation between the fans will be important. The public will be distributed equally on the sides of the field: 250 people on one side and 250 on the other. The funds will be free and reserved for the rest of the components that come to carry out their work, such as the Euskal Telebista commentators, who will broadcast the game live.

The president of the Basque Federation, Germán Monge, considers that this novel situation after the pandemic means that they have "a contained joy" to celebrate that derby. He stressed that the meeting will be held "in strict compliance with all the rules and protocols established by the different institutions" and advanced that almost all the allowed capacity is complete. In fact, there are only 18 tickets left, at a price of 15 euros and with online purchase. Baskonia will defend the title after defeating the Bilbao team in the final played last year in eLasesarre (Barakaldo) by 66-55.

The deputy for Culture and Sports of Álava, Ana del Val, insisted that it will be a safe event. "I hope and encourage all citizens to come because security measures are met and we must enjoy these little moments and spaces that we have for leisure," he said. The statements of the institutional and sports representatives were all in the same sense and the sports director of Baskonia, Félix Fernández, had no doubts in defining Sunday's game as "a festival of Basque sports and basketball" where they will try to "search that normality. " "We have to have respect, not fear, be prudent and responsible and I have no doubt that all things will turn out well. We are calm and excited about what is going to be a day of Basque basketball," he added.

The vice-president of Bilbao Basket, Isabel Iturbe, spoke of the illusion generated by "the Basque basketball festival" and recalled that they have been working for months "with all safety and hygiene measures and basketball is being a benchmark in this regard." "We have had some very difficult months, we are in a phase of adaptation to this normality and this game is a pilot experience with the public. I think that from here we will go climbing and in a few months we will have basketball as always, in the court, to enjoy our teams, "he remarked.

The president of the Álava Basketball Federation, Luismi Corres, stressed that they will put all their human and material resources to ensure that the event goes well, but requested "the collaboration of the people", to comply with the rules.

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