The Road to 2014

Oct 03, 2013
The 2014 FIBA World Basketball Championship for Women is less than one year away.

The 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women is just 11 months away, and the host cities and arenas are ready to host the world’s 16 best teams.

Ankara, Turkey’s capital and second largest city, will host preliminary round games at the world-class Ankara Arena. Opened in 2010, when it hosted the 2010 FIBA World Championship, the award winning arena seats 13,000 and is located in the heart of the city, just one block from the closest metro station.

The second site for the preliminary rounds is Istanbul’s Abdi İpekçi Arena. Renovated in 2009 and a host site for the 2010 World Championship, the arena seats 11,000 and is located just outside the historic city walls of Istanbul.

The World Championship’s final round will be played at Ülker Sports Arena, on Istanbul’s Asian side. Opened in 2012, the stadium features the largest scoreboard in Europe and a capacity of 15,000. It has also hosted the Boston Celtics and the Oklahoma City Thunder as part of NBA Europe Live in 2012 and 2013.

Both cities and all three arenas will offer fans a great opportunity to see some of the world’s finest basketball players in action.

The tournament puzzle is almost complete after a summer of exciting continental tournaments. Turkey, the reigning EuroBasket bronze medallist, automatically qualified for the tournament as the host nation, and Olympic champion USA punched their ticket at the 2012 London Games.

Belarus, the Czech Republic, France, Spain and Serbia qualified through EuroBasket Women in June. Australia secured its spot with two wins over New Zealand at the FIBA Oceania Championship in August. Cuba, Canada and Brazil will represent the Americas after reaching the podium at the FIBA Americas Championship for Women in Xalapa, Mexico last weekend. Angola and Mozambique will represent Africa after winning gold and silver, respectively, at AfroBasket Women in Maputo, Mozambique last weekend. Two spots remain up for grabs, and teams from across Asia will be fighting for them at the FIBA Asia Championship for Women, set to begin later this month in Bangkok, Thailand.

Also in the October Newsletter:

Message from the President

3X3 Final Comes to Istanbul

EuroBasket U18 All-Star Game

A Conversation with Samer Senbayrak, Youth Development Director at TBF