Vilnius is the largest city and capital of Lithuania. The city was first mentioned in written sources in 1323 and has been a place where diversity between many different cultures and nations always played a key role in the daily life.
That can still be seen these days as Vilnius has still got that multicultural feel to it and might actually still be called a crossing between East and West. Known for its unique baroque marvels worldwide, the capital of Lithuania can boast with a charming, cozy and lively old town – especially in the season.
Lately, the city has emerged as one of Europe’s basketball centers as the performance of local side Lietuvos Rytas has impressed many not only in the domestic stage, but also continentally. The side from Vilnius has won the Eurocup two times as well as taking the last two editions of the Lithuanian League (LKL), which brings the tally to five all together. The team is successfully performing in the Euroleague and is steadily improving on the way to becoming part of Europe’s elite club echelon.
Population: 560 000
Area: 401 km2
Time zone in summer: EEST (UTC+3)
Temperature in August: average high 21,6 °C, average low 11,5 °C
Temperature in September: average high 16,4 °C, average low 7,7 °C
Siemens Arena was the first multifunctional arena of international level to be built in the whole country of Lithuania. Having opened its doors in late 2004, the venue instantly became a place of interest for the whole city of Vilnius hosting many national sports events, performances be world-famous stars as well as theatre performances, business seminars and assemblies.
The arena can seat up to 11,000 spectators in a regular basketball match and is usually filled up to the full when a game of major importance is taking place. Siemens Arena is Lietuvos Rytas’ home arena in international tournaments and the most important domestic games as well as welcoming the Lithuanian national team on multiple occasions.
Basketball capacity: 11 000
Home team: Lietuvos Rytas