Fans in attendance for last week's Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade game against Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv at Stark Arena were in for a once-in-a-lifetime treat. The Serbian champions marked the 75th anniversary of the club's founding with a series of events before completing the evening with a victory to send the crowd home with smiles.
From the moment fans entered the arena the importance of the message was made clear with the number 75 integrated around the Zvezda logo at center court. And there would be plenty more to come.
During the pre-game introductions, the lights at the arena dimmed so all could see a three-dimensional video displayed on the parquet showing the most important numbers and great highlights of Zvezda's three-quarters of a century of greatness. Then the players took the court decked out in specially-made retro uniforms to honor the club's golden generation, which lifted the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1974.
At halftime, famous Serbian musician Nikola Demonja was joined by his young and talented daughter Nia to perform the new Crvena Zvezda club anthem. The ceremony continued with the inauguration of "Club 100". Every player to have appeared in at least 100 games for Zvezda was inducted into Club 100 and received a special gift. The participating players came together at center court for a red-and-white family photo, featuring the stars who built Zvezda into the club it is today.