Record weekend attendance in Spain

Jan 09, 2007 by Print
Unicaja fans Pushed by the biggest crowd in its history on Saturday, the ACB Spanish League has announced that its entire slate of games for the 16th week of play generated the highest attendance in the competition's history over the weekend. A total of 70,731 fans saw Spanish League games live in nine arenas over the weekend. That worked out to an average of 7,859 per game, topping by 345 per game the previous record, established in Week 22 of the 2004-05 season. Indeed, basketball in Spain outdrew second-division football's 11 games by more than 5,000 total fans and almost 2,000 on average per venue. The big push for the ACB's big week came at the Bilbao Exhibition Centre, where a record crowd of 15,414 saw Euroleague group leader Tau Ceramica defeat the local hosts, Lagun Aro. The previous Spanish League record crowd was 15,350 fans for an Estudiantes-FC Barcelona playoff game in 2003-04. Another Euroleague team, Unicaja, registered its usual home sellout of 10,000 fans in Malaga while defeating Estudiantes by 40 points over the weekend.