Sweden sets new FIBA Women's EuroBasket Qualifiers attendance record
STOCKHOLM (Sweden) - A new high tide mark was set for attendance at a FIBA Women's EuroBasket Qualifiers game after 9,425 fans watched Sweden take on Latvia at the Avicii Arena.
In addition to breaking the all-time Qualifiers record, the number nearly doubled the previous high for a women's basketball game in Sweden.
Our record-breaking night at Avicii Arena in numbers!— Sweden Basketball 🇸🇪🏀 (@swebasketball) February 13, 2023
🌍 EuroBasket Women Qualifiers attendance record.
🇸🇪 Sweden Women’s NT attendance record.
📈 87% increase vs. previous record (+4398).
🥉 3rd highest attendance ever (Men & Women).
✊ 1st Women’s NT game at Avicii. pic.twitter.com/Xj8NgjoPDC
It is also the third highest all-time attendance for a Swedish national team game on home soil – men or women. The game was the first time the Swedish women's national team played at the country's largest indoor venue, the Avicii Arena.
*Chills, literal chills* — Sweden Basketball 🇸🇪🏀 (@swebasketball) February 13, 2023
What a powerful moment from yesterday's @EuroBasketWomen Qualifiers game, as the whole record-breaking crowd in Avicii Arena sings the National Anthem acapella. 🇸🇪💛
Goosebumps... sound ON for this one! 🔊#SwedenBasketball | #DareToBelieve pic.twitter.com/5bdJQ7t56f
Despite the ferocious local support, it was the visitors who took home the spoils, Latvia emerging victorious 71-65 in a close game.
Since the introduction of the new competition system in 2015, the biggest FIBA Women's EuroBasket Qualifiers crowd was previously registered in Cluj-Napoca for the game between Romania and Turkey in February 2016, with 6,817 spectators in attendance.