This weekend, Belgrade was visited by around 15,000 foreign tourists, largely because of the EuroLeague Final Four. It has been estimated that the city stood to earn between 18 and 20 million euro thanks to the organization of this basketball tournament alone.
“Everybody is staying for three or four days, which makes for EUR 300 per person a day, as basketball tourists spend a little more than football ones. The city and its businesses will earn at least 18 to 20 million euro. We are being broadcast in over 200 countries of the world, and a promotional film about Belgrade is shown at the beginning of each broadcast “, says the Belgrade City Manager, Goran Vesic.
Vesic says that this is one of the most important sports events here, but also in Europe. He adds that Belgrade has been applying for the organization of this prestigious basketball tournament since 2014 and that the city government aims to host at least one big sports tournament in Belgrade each year.
Vesic says that one of the reasons why Belgrade got to organize the Final Four tournament was that it has a significant number of hotels and the appropriate infrastructure. Vesic also announces that Belgrade will host the EuroBasket Women tournament next year.
During the tournament, the hotel accommodation prices went through the roof with certain media reporting that some of the four-star-hotels in Belgrade were charging 550 euro per night.
As for the competition… Real Madrid became the first team to win 10 EuroLeague titles by defeating Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul 85:80 in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Championship Game at Stark Arena in Belgrade, Serbia on Sunday.
This is Real Madrid’s 10th EuroLeague title, and the 16th continental trophy for the club. The Spaniards won the competition in 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1974, 1978, 1980, 1995 and 2015.
To complete one of the greatest seasons by a teenager in basketball history, Luka Doncic was chosen Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four MVP after leading Real Madrid to the crown on Sunday night at Stark Arena in Belgrade, Serbia. Doncic shined in both Final Four games in helping Madrid capture a record 10th EuroLeague championship. The EuroLeague Final Four MVP is voted on by accredited media at the event.
(eKapija, Euroleague.net, 20.05.2018)
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