FIBA Recognition: Tbilisi's match has reached the top three
Tbilisi Sports Palace was filled in yesterday’s match between Georgia and Germany. The audience traditionally supported our team in an unequal battle with a strong opponent. Fiba dedicated a separate article to attendance of the audience. Tbilisi’s match has reached the top three. According to the official data of FIBA, 8000 viewers attended Georgia-Germany match, But everyone saw, that there were much more fans in the Sports Palace.
An article published on Fiba’s website:
Crowds continue to show out in support of national teams during World Cup Qualifiers’ second window
MIES (FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Qualifiers) – Fans have continued to show great support for their national teams during the second window of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Qualifiers.
There were over 8,000 fans packed inside the Sports Palace arena in Tbilisi to witness an entertaining Group G showdown between Georgia and Germany on Sunday, though they were unable to inspire a victory for the hosts.
The city of Perm played host to Russia with close to 7,500 fans in attendance to witness their side bounce back with victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Russia head coach Sergey Bazarevich thanked the fans for their support and for providing the team with a lot of energy as they recorded a much-needed success.
Finland also made use of home advantage as they fought back and edged out Bulgaria in front of 5,300 spectators in Helsinki. Spurred on by their home support, the Finns closed out the win with a dominant final quarter.
Meanwhile, France rewarded more than 5,700 supporters in Nancy to cap back-to-back home wins for a successful window.
In the Americas, Mexico had their second sold-out venue in a row. After playing in front of a packed crowd in Guanajuato in November, they did so in the Gimnasio Nuevo Leon Unido in Monterrey for their match-up against rival Puerto Rico.
Argentina also had a full Parque Carlos Guerrero Stadium in Olavarria, with an emotional crowd that witnessed Uruguay make history by beating the home team in their first Qualifiers match-up.