Tampere named as Finland's host city for FIBA EuroBasket 2025
MUNICH (Germany) - Tampere has been officially named as the host city of the Group Phase of FIBA EuroBasket 2025 in Finland.
The state-of-the-art Tampere Deck Arena - which opened its doors in 2021 - will be one of the four venues for the Group Phase as Finland co-host the 42nd edition of Europe's flagship event alongside Cyprus, Latvia and Poland.
Tampere will host FIBA EuroBasket for a second time having previously been one of two cities alongside Helsinki in 1967, while the Finnish capital also hosted the Group Phase of the tournament on its own in 2017.
"The tournament in Helsinki was a basketball party to be remembered. It's a great pleasure and joy to have the opportunity to create the same in Tampere," said Ari Tammivaara, Event Director of the Local Organizing Committee in Finland.
"In recent years, Tampere has shown that it’s capable of organizing high-quality international events. Tampere Deck Arena is conveniently located in the center of the city, built basically on top of the train station; providing great logistical opportunities to set up a basketball festival for whole Finland."
Finland's senior men's national team last competed in Tampere during the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 European Qualifiers in August, 2022 as they defeated Israel in front of 11,554 supporters ahead of becoming the first European team to qualify.
Lauri Markkanen was one of the stars of FIBA EuroBasket 2022 in helping the Susijengi advanced to the Quarter-Finals of the tournament for the first time in 55 years.
Tampere joins Riga, Latvia and Limassol, Cyprus as host cities for the Group Phase of FIBA EuroBasket 2025 with the location for Poland still to be approved by the FIBA Europe Board on March 17.
FIBA EuroBasket 2025 will mark the fourth edition in a row to be co-hosted by four countries with the Latvian capital Riga set to provide the backdrop for the Final Phase of the tournament.
FIBA (fiba.basketball) - the world governing body for basketball - is an independent association formed by 212 National Basketball Federations throughout the world. It is recognized as the sole competent authority in basketball by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).