Prague, Czech Republic -- April 27, 2006 - Euroleague Basketball announced today 2005-06 total attendance of 1,348,607, a 4% increase over 1,298,655 fans for the previous season. Average attendance was 5,941, representing a 2% increase over the average of 5,839 at the end of the previous season. Both increases mark all-time Euroleague attendance records. Compared to the inaugural 2000-01 season, attendance has increased 250%.
The attendance increases were largely due to a resurgence of the popularity of Euroleague Basketball in Greece, where Olympiacos Piraeus B.C. and Panathinaikos Athens enjoyed gains of 238% and 150%, respectively. Other increases included Zalgiris Kaunas (Lithuania) (+34%), Elan Bearnais Pau-Orthez (France) (+17%), Efes Pilsen Istanbul (Turkey) (+15%), and Climamio Bologna (Italy) (+11%).
"Every year, our clubs have been able to show consistent attendance growth," said Euroleague CEO Jordi Bertomeu. "I think this is because the Euroleague Basketball brand has begun to take hold across Europe, combined with our clubs becoming more professional in a business sense. Our game and our league has become popular for all sports fans, not just people who regularly follow basketball."
Euroleague’s business consultant, Marshall Glickman, added, "For me, what is most impressive is how far Euroleague Basketball has come since its inaugural season, only six years ago. I think this has manifested itself at this year’s Euroleague Final Four, where we will sell out the largest capacity arena we have ever played in, to basketball fans from 42 countries, in a market that has no Euroleague Basketball club."