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06.03.2009 · 00:00

Partizan beats Euroleague Attendance record

Partizan's big win against giant Panathinaikos in crowded Belgrade Arena gets an extra dimension on Euroleague.com. Here is what they say: "The world basketball capital of Belgrade, Serbia became the proud owner on Thursday of the single-game record for attendance at an indoor basketball game in European club history! Officially, 22,567 fans packed Belgrade Arena for the Last 16, Week 5 game between hosts Partizan and Panathinaikos of Greece.... The record crowd was considerably bigger than the previous two highest-attended European indoor club games on record: 18,518 fans for Telekom Baskets Bonn vs. Alba Berlin in Cologne Arena for a German League game on April 7, 2000 and 18,500 for Panathinaikos vs. Tau Ceramica at OAKA in Athens for their third Quarterfinal Playoffs game on April 12, 2006." "Outstanding atmosphere," said one special member of the record crown, Serbian national team head coach Dušan Ivković. "This is the best audiance I have ever seen. I am sure that Belgrade Arena is even louder than Pionir." "Crazy," Partizan teenager Jan Vesely was exhilarated afterwards. "I've never seen anything like this in my life. I was dreaming about a night like this as a boy and my dreams came true tonight." We remind you again that our Champions beat Panathinaikos 63:56 but Greeks are still group G leaders.