It’s already decided. There is no way back. The ENDESA ACB league has chosen the city of Valencia to host the final phase of the ACB League, to be played between Top 12 ranked teams in the regular competition and not among the 8 as usual, next month. Almost in all probability, between June 17 and 30. All this has been decided this afternoon at an ACB meeting.
The Valencia Basket he was fighting to host Madrid, Barcelona, Almeria, Andorra, Gran Canaria, Madrid, Menorca, Navarra, Tenerife and Zaragoza, but it has something that no other can offer: L’Alqueria del Basket. And it is that if in the specification, apart from the playing court, at least one other assistant was requested, the Valencia Basket can offer up to 13 tracks attached to La Fonteta, nine decks and four outdoors. A circumstance that would facilitate the training of all the teams while maintaining the appropriate sanitary measures and being a few meters from La Fonteta, where the matches would be played. Further, offers 6 hotels to house the 12 contenders.
No other club can match this sports infrastructure, which would also help to obtain a good rating in sanitary requirements, other of the key points that the ACB values. And it is that aside from analyzing how the evolution of the coronavirus is going and the hospital situation in each city, the ACB has also taken into account the facilities of each candidate to be able to comply with all the sanitary requirements, something that greatly helps to have a different wardrobe for each track de L’Alqueria and extensive facilities so that contact is minimal and the safety distance can be maintained.
Barcelona, Real Madrid, Casademont Zaragoza, Iberostar Tenerife, Retabet Bilbao Basket, MoraBanc Andorra, Valencia Basket, Kirolbet Baskonia, Unicaja, San Pablo Burgos, Herbalife Gran Canaria and Joventut de Badalona will be the teams that will contest the unprecedented resolution of the highest national competition. The other 6 terminate the course.
Divided into two groups of six, single game, the first two of each group would qualify for the semifinals, from which the two finalists of the competition would come out, who would also play the title in a single match, almost like such a successful format of the Copa del Rey. The unprecedented tournament would last two weeks, in which 33 games would be played in total, and with July 10 as the top.