Euroleague Basketball has announced that the 2016 edition of its Final Four end-of-season men’s showpiece event will take place in the German capital, Berlin.
The 2016 Final Four will mark the second occasion that Berlin will serve as host having also staged the 2009 edition of the event, which was won by Greek outfit Panathinaikos.
The end-of-season event will return to the German city next year and take place from May 12-15 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena, the 16,000-capacity venue that is also home to German Bundesliga side Alba Berlin (pictured), a regular fixture in the Euroleague.
Euroleague president and chief executive, Jordi Bertomeu, said: “The Mercedes-Benz Arena is one of the best arenas in Europe, if not the best, and the city of Berlin is a very sexy destination for our fans. In 2009, we had an excellent event that marked a jump in the quality of the Final Four, and I am sure 2016 will mean another jump.”
Marco Baldi, chief executive of Alba Berlin, added: “European competition is an important part of our identity. Alba is one of a few clubs that have been playing in European competitions for 25 years in a row. For Alba and for the Beko BBL it is a great motivation to have the Final Four in Berlin to stay among the basketball elite.”
The 2015 edition of the Final Four will take place this weekend in Madrid, where Spanish side Real Madrid will have home advantage at the Barclaycard Center.
Real Madrid will play Turkish side Fenerbahçe Ülker in the first of two semi-finals on May 15. Russia’s CSKA Moscow will face off against Greek team Olympiacos in the second semi-final. The winner of the two semi-final matches will face off in the final on May 17, while the two losing semi-finalists will compete for third place.
Following Berlin’s last staging in 2009, the Final Four has travelled to Paris, Barcelona, Istanbul, London and Milan.