Home-court advantage has always been a major factor for 7DAYS EuroCup teams. Although there have been a few road warriors that went all the way - such as Valencia Basket in 2014 and Unicaja Malaga in 2017 - dominating at home often leads teams to dep runs in the competition. So far, four teams are undefeated this season at home and nine others have only lost once; it is no surprise that most of these teams, if not all, will march on to the Top 16. Let's rank the toughest courts in the EuroCup so far this season.
5. Stade Louis II, AS Monaco
Since AS Monaco joined the EuroCup, the Monegasque powerhouse is 10-2 in the EuroCup in front of its fans and has been undefeated at home for more than one year. Its home court, Salle Gaston Medecin, is unique. It is located under the stands of the local football stadium. It is one of the smallest arenas in the EuroCup and fans are close to the action, which makes it harder for every visiting team. Monaco fans are noisy and use every basketball game as an opportunity to scream and support their side as if they are part of the action.
4. Palau Olimpic de Badalona, Joventut Badalona
Badalona claims to be the basketball capital in Europe and Palau Olimpic truly breathes the sport. It is common to see Joventut's youth teams playing on one of the two annex courts, hoping to be part of the first squad one day. How good is the main court? Good enough to host the Dream Team at the 1992 Olympic Games. The Palau Olimpic boasts great facilities and thousands of basketball experts in the stands rooting for their team, proud of having basketball as part of their DNA.
3. Paladozza, Segafredo Virtus Bologna
It is one of the oldest and most historic arenas in Europe. Virtus is already building a new one, so fans have a limited time to enjoy the atmosphere at the old Paladozza. Opened in 1956 with a basketball game, Paladozza hosted the EuroLeague Final Four in 1966, in which Simmenthal Milan lifted its first continental trophy. Virtus fans love their basketball and the atmosphere is great now that the club is back to its old standards. Fun fact: The Rolling Stones played their first Italian gig at Paladozza in 1967.
2. Palacio de Deportes Jose Maria Martin Carpena, Unicaja Malaga
It is a lot of fun to watch basketball in Malaga. Not only is Martin Carpena is a great modern, pretty and comfortable arena, but Unicaja fans are basketball connoisseurs who know when to push harder for their team. There is a band playing popular songs and it is truly special when the fans sing the new Unicaja anthem "Tu Bandera", written by Pablo Lopez. Look for supporters group Curva Chufla for extra fun; they bring a giant butterfly cookie to some EuroCup games!
1. Aleksandar Nikolic Hall, Partizan NIS Belgrade
This Top 5 wouldn't be complete without Aleksandar Nikolic Hall, one of the noisiest places to play basketball in the world. Partizan fans are always there for their team and thousands of people wearing black and white colors sing their hearts out, intimidating any opponent. Expect off-the-charts noise levels and a tremendous basketball atmosphere - and tune in early to see Grobari sing their anthem "Volim te Partizane". It is fantastic!