France, as host, has come a long way. And after a victory against Turkey in the city of Lille, they are well into the quarterfinals. A record breaking European event, thanks to almost 27. 000 people. A total of 26. 136 spectators, that broke Red Star’s record, of 24. 232 souls, from March of 2014. Obviously, both records represent modern achievements, that came after the downsizing of hall capacities, and new safety standards.
The enormous, mostly French crowd, has gathered at the Pierre Mauroy football stadium, which was turned into a basketball hall, especially for the European championship. The feeling of playing in such vast space was unique to the players,as France managed to take advantage of the very large home court, and bring their first home Eurobasket win, of 76:53.