The Lanxess Arena in Cologne (Germany) will host the ‘Final Four’ of the Euroleague 2021, from May 28 to 30, once the competition has confirmed the same venue, since was supposed to host the canceled title fight in 2020 due to the coronavirus.
“Euroleague Basketball is proud to announce that the ‘Final Four’ of the Euroleague 2021 heads to Cologne, Germany, where it had been scheduled last spring, but could not be held due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, “the competition explained.
After canceling the Euroleague the 2019/20 season due to COVID-19, and leaving the title void, the competition will resume with the aim of finish without problems, with sanitation protocols, and with Colonia and the Lanxess Arena as headquarters.
“In the same way that we honored the aspirations of the teams whose seasons were cut last spring, we were equally determined to bring the Final Four to Cologne for the same compelling reasons we originally chose to go there “, said the president of the Euroleague, Jordi Bertomeu.
For the leader, organize the first Final Four of the new decade in a “superb” setting and a “vibrant” big city but without their own team in the competition it shows how “dedicated” they are in the Euroleague to looking for new fans.
Cologne joins Berlin, hosts in 2009 and 2016 of the ‘Final Four’, as venues for the final fight of the Euroleague in Germany. The Lanxess Arena, with a capacity for more than 18,000 spectators, makes its debut in the Euroleague, but is the usual venue for the ‘Final 4’ of the handball Champions League.
In addition, he has organized the 2007 and 2019 Handball World Cup, 2001, 2010 and 2017 Ice Hockey World Cups, and hosted NBA Europe Live in 2006, which featured that year’s Euroleague champion CSKA Moscow and runner-up Maccabi Tel Aviv against the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers and Phoenix Suns.
The mayor of Cologne, Henriette Reker, described as “important signal in general” that the Euroleague bet on your city. “It is essential that we do everything possible to ensure that sporting and cultural events can really take place again, with spectators, next year,” he said.
“I am delighted by the teams of basketball, the fans, the Lanxess, who has been greatly affected by the pandemic and, of course, our city that, after the cancellation of the 2020 event, the Euroleague has decided to keep Cologne as its headquarters “, he celebrated.