Great Britain Senior Men will play all three of their FIBA EuroBasket 2017 qualifiers at the Copper Box Arena on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, this summer.
The venue already has a strong tradition of hosting basketball and other international sports, having been the scene of last year’s Senior Men’s match-up against New Zealand. The British Basketball Federation (BBF) are looking forward to working once again with the Copper Box Arena and its operator GLL, who manage the venue on behalf of the London Legacy Development Corporation. The home qualifying games are also being supported with investment from the Mayor of London’s Office.
The three home matches will take place over what promises to be an exhilarating seven-day period for GB fans, who could really make the difference with their support; by roaring the team back to the EuroBasket Final Round.
The first match-up is on Saturday 03 September against FYR of Macedonia (6.30pm), followed by Luxembourg on Wednesday 07 September (7.00pm) and then wrapping up with Hungary on Saturday 10 September (6.30pm).
The team will play test events in Portugal, Slovenia and Manchester (at the new National Basketball Performance Centre in Belle Vue), where the preparation camp will continue. More details on the preparation games will be made available in due course.
FIBA EuroBasket 2017 Qualifiers:
31/08 v Hungary (a)
03/09 v FYR of Macedonia (h)
07/09 v Luxembourg (h)
10/09 v Hungary (h)
14/09 v FYR of Macedonia (a)
17/09 – Luxembourg (a)
Festival of Basketball
To coincide with these three hugely important home games and the GB training camp in Manchester that precedes them, the BBF is working with Basketball England and a range of other stakeholders to create a ‘Festival of Basketball’ at the end of August and beginning of September. The aim of the Festival is to showcase the sport of basketball to as many people as possible and highlight opportunities to be a part of it.
Source: British Basketball
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