Turkish Airlines Euroleague
December 04, 2013
Basketball Center of Moscow Region, home of the 2012 Eurocup Finals
April 10, 2012
Euroleague Basketball has announced that the 2011-12 Eurocup season’s crowning event, the Eurocup Finals, will take place in Russia for the first time ever, as Khimki will host the event on April 14 and 15, 2012. The newest Eurocup champion will be crowned at the 5,000-seat Basketball Center of Moscow Region, the homecourt of Eurocup powerhouse BC Khimki. The two-day, four-team tournament will feature semifinals on Saturday, April 14 leading to the next day's title game, whose winner will not only lift the Eurocup trophy, but also qualify for the 2012-13 Turkish Airlines Euroleague!
The Eurocup celebrates a decade of elite continental basketball this season and Khimki becomes the fifth city to host the competition’s pinnacle moment since the Eurocup moved to a single-game final format in 2003. The title game was held four times, between 2004 and 2007, in Charlerloi, Belgium. In 2008 and 2009, the Eurocup Final Eight took place in Turin, Italy. Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, hosted the event in 2010 and Treviso, Italy was home of the 2011 Eurocup Finals.
The Basketball Center of Moscow Region - also known as Novator Indoor Arena - was opened in 1970 and renovated in 2010, to add more seats and amenities. It hosted BC Khimki's Euroleague home games in the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons, when the club welcomed powerhouses like Partizan mt:s, Maccabi Electra, Caja Laboral, Panathinaikos, Real Madrid and Olympiacos, among many others. The last time a team won a European competition on Russian soil was back in 2005, when Maccabi Electra lifted the Euroleague trophy at Olympiskiy Arena in Moscow.
Besides the modern sports hall, the complex includes two practice courts, a VIP area for 164 seats, a modern press center, a conference hall and a video studio, among other facilities. Its sound quality and lightning allows Novator to be used as a multi-purpose arena, too. Tickets for the Eurocup Finals will go on sale later in this season.
Eurocup Finals Schedule
Saturday, April 14
Valencia Basket 80-70 Lietuvos Rytas
BC Khimki 77-73 Spartak SPB
Sunday, April 15, 13:30 CET
Lietuvos Rytas 71-62 Spartak SPB
Sunday, April 15, 16:30 CET
BC Khimki 77-68 Valencia Basket
Final: BC Khimki vs. Valencia Basket
Third Place: Lietuvos Rytas vs. Spartak SPB
Semifinal: BC Khimki vs. Spartak SPB
Semifinal: Valencia Basket vs. Lietuvos Rytas
Offcial Semifinal Practices
Offcial Press Conference