After events like the Women's Rugby World Cup 2015, Euro 2016, the World Men's Handball and Ice Hockey Championships, the Ryder Cup, and the FIFA Women's World Cup, Paris is once again showing itself to be a world class host for international events as it gets ready to welcome the first ever NBA game in France on 24 January. The opportunity for visitors, Parisians, and Paris region residents to discover or re-discover the importance of basketball in the French capital.
In recent years, major events in the world of sport have come to Paris bringing together great champions and attracting their fans to the city. The year 2020 is already making history, with the first NBA match on French soil scheduled for 24 January. The Charlotte Hornets (franchise headed by Michael Jordan) will take on the Milwaukee Bucks at the AccorHotels Arena in front of a crowd of several thousand spectators. More than 120,000 people registered for the event during the ticket presales last October. NBA House, a free event for fans and hospitality venue, at the Halle des Blancs Manteaux (from 23 to 26 January): https://www.nbaevents.com/europe/
For Corinne Menegaux, Managing Director of the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau (PCVB), ‘This event once again throws the spotlight on the French capital. Paris is able to host the biggest world-class events and to offer French and foreign visitors an unforgettable experience, during the event, as well as during their stay, thanks to our quality cultural and festive offer’.
Former international basketball player Boris Diaw underlines the fact that ‘The infrastructures in Paris are ideal with a refurbished AccorHotels Arena ready to host this type of event. Finally, it is worth remembering that France represents the largest basketball market in Europe and that Paris and its close suburbs are home to three top-level clubs (Paris Basketball in Pro B, and Nanterre and Boulogne - Levallois in Pro A). Also, the world’s biggest streetball tournament Quai 54 is held there every summer, at the foot of the Eiffel Tower’.
An exhibition tracing the career of Tony Parker will also be showing from 17 to 26 January on the railings of the Saint-Jacques Tower. Upcoming basketball events in the capital this year for visitors include the Harlem Globetrotters ‘show’, on 4 April, followed a few weeks later by the French
Basketball Cup finals (24 and 25 April). Finally, an unmissable event in the world of streetball is Quai 54, in June, which will be celebrating its 16th edition. On the program : shows and entertainment, and amateur basketball players and pros from all around the world.
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Numerous sporting events are already lined up for the year 2020, like the Indoor Rowing Championships (February), the Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris (April), the European Artistic Gymnastics Championships (April) and the European Athletics Championships (August). More information: https://en.convention.parisinfo.com/latest-news/agenda/sporting-events