Bigger and Better than Ever – EuroBasket 2011 in Lithuania
Lithuania will host EuroBasket 2011
Lithuania, which is considered as Europe’s basketball heartland, will
once again have a chance to host a EuroBasket competition, feel the
excitement and drama of the strongest national teams from around the
continent fighting for Europe’s basketball throne.
It has been 72 years
since Lithuania hosted the 1939 European Championship in Kaunas for the
first and only time so far. This time, the event will be bigger than
ever as Lithuania will welcome a record-breaking 24 teams, which will
play in a total of six Lithuanian cities – Klaipeda, Siauliai,
Panevezys, Alytus with the action moving to Vilnius after the first
group stage before the medals are handed out in Kaunas.
not, Kaunas was one of the three places where the Lithuanian National
Team won the European gold, with the other two triumphs in Riga, Latvia
(1937) and Stockholm, Sweden (2003).
In addition, the small Lithuanian
nation can be proud of three Olympic bronze medals, as well as finishing
as runners-up in the European Championship in 1995 and bronze medals in
EuroBasket 2007 in Spain.
In preparation for hosting the biggest
sporting event in the country’s history, Lithuania built a set of new
arenas in order to host a top-level tournament and satisfy the needs of
top European athletes. Despite working with a limited budget, the
organizers believe that EuroBasket 2011 can be be the best-hosted
basketball event in Europe.Host cities and venues: