Arena attendance to start 2020-21 season

Sep 28, 2020 by Euroleague.net Print

Due to the need to keep fans, participants and game staff safe during the COVID-19 global pandemic, both Turkish Airlines EuroLeague and 7DAYS EuroCup teams will begin the 2020-21 season with restrictions on attendance at their games.

The restrictions depend on national and/or local health guidelines that all Euroleague Basketball clubs are committed to fulfilling in order to help ensure the safe environments required to ultimately defeat the coronavirus.

To start the season, 11 of the 18 EuroLeague teams will play without spectators. These are: three of the four clubs in Spain (FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, TD Systems Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz); both teams in Germany (ALBA Berlin, FC Bayern Munich), Greece (Olympiacos Piraeus, Panathinaikos OPAP Athens) and Turkey (Anadolu Efes Istanbul, Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul); and the single country representatives in Israel (Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv) and Serbia (Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade).

It is expected that the other seven teams may all welcome spectators, although with varying levels of restrictions. Between 400 and 7,500 socially-distanced fans, depending on the venue and country, are expected to be allowed into the arenas of AX Armani Exchange Milan, CSKA Moscow, Khimki Moscow Region, LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne, Valencia Basket, Zalgiris Kaunas and Zenit St Petersburg.

In the 7DAYS EuroCup, the situation is similar, with an estimated 8 of the 24 teams – including both in each of Turkey and Montenegro – prohibited from letting fans attend their games. The other 16 teams, however, are expected to be allowed to have between 400 and 3,500 live fans, depending on the country and arena.