2014 FIBA BASKETBALL WORLD CUP SPAIN
ECONOMY: The Basque economy, thanks to its business and industrial tissue, has achieved to position itself as one of the most competitive, innovative and productive regions in Europe. GASTRONOMY: Basque cuisine enjoys a reputation for being one of the richest in the world. IDENTITY: The Basque Country is of particular interest for its unique, age-old culture, the most remarkable feature of which is the Basque language, Euskera, which is unrelated to any other Indo-European language.
Home to around half the population and economic activity of the Basque Country
PER CAPITA GDP: 37.000
Basque Country: 2.179.815 Bizkaia: 1.200.00 Metropolitan Bilbao: 1.000.000 Municipality of Bilbao: 350.000
largest Metropolitan Area in Spain 5th
Origin Destination Estimated transfer time by car
Airport Bizkaia Arena 12 minutes
Airport Meli Bilbao Hotel 12 minutes
Meli Bilbao Hotel Bizkaia Arena 11 minutes
Meli Bilbao Hotel Bilbao Arena 10 minutes
Meli Bilbao Hotel La Casilla 6 minutes
Bizkaia Arena Bilbao Arena 10 minutes
Playground BIZKAIA ARENA
Bizkaia Arena is the venue of choice for the 2014 FIBA BASKETBALL WORLD CUP in Bilbao.
Bizkaia Arena, is an integral part of BEC Bilbao Exhibition Centre and meets all the requirements to host an event of such a magnitude as a FIBA BASKETBALL WORLD CUP. Bizkaia Arena has already hosted diverse important Basketball Events that obtained record attendance and were implemented to the highest standards.
BEC BILBAO EXHIBITION CENTRE
With its open plan layout and maximum clearance of 18 m, BILBAO EXHIBITION CENTRE, has 150.000 m of exhibition space distributed in 6 halls, all of them without any columns.
BEC IN NUMBERS
Total Area: 255.000 m
Exposition Area: 150.000 m
Congress Hall: 18.000 m
Internal Access space: 6.500 m
Office Space: 6.500 m
Main Lobby and Restaurants: 41.500 m
Open Area: 100.000 m
Parking: 4.000 car spaces
BIZKAIA ARENA MULTIPURPOSE VENUE
This 30.000 m multipurpose venue with a capacity for more than 20.000 people, where many concerts, theatre plays, movie premiers and sports events took place in the past 8 Years.
Bruce Springsteen Cirque de Soleil Disney on Ice Sting are just a few of the world recognized names that had their performances seen in Bizkaia Arena with great success and even greater attendance.
BIZKAIA ARENA MODULAR CONSTRUCTION
As a multipurpose venue and with a modular construction it can be adapted to different shows and events as its mobile standing platform permits different seating configurations.
Concerts up to 20.000 people
Sports Event up to 18.700 people
Theatre up to 11.000 people
Cinema shows up to 13.000 people
From Vitoria - Madrid, on the A-8 towards "Santander" junction 8: Barakaldo/ BEC! From Santander, on the A-8 towards Bilbao, join the N637 towards Barakaldo/ BEC! From San Sebastian-France, on the N637 towards Santander Barakaldo/ BEC!
From Bilbao, Line 3136 Bizkaibus (Bilbao-Cruces-Barakaldo) From Barakaldo, city bus KBus.
Ansio station, line 2, next to the Bilbao Exhibition Centre (north entrance) to BEC!
Bilbao airport is 13 km from BEC!
The closest RENFE railway station is Barakaldo
Brittany Ferries terminal. Bilbao port. A-3 Zierbena dock After 2 km on the A8 towards "Bilbao", Barakaldo/ BEC! junction
MAJOR BASKETBALL EVENTS
Total attendance for two games played
Average attendance (2 games)
Average occupancy rate
KINGS CUP 2010
Record attendance in the Final Game of any Kings Cup
Average attendance (7 games)
Average occupancy rate
NBA GLOBAL GAMES IN BILBAO
Days of basketball events in the city
3 Total attendance
NBA GLOBAL GAMES TOUR
On October, 6 2013 a game took place
between Bilbao Basket and Philadelphia 76ers.
HOME OF BILBAO BASKET SEASON 2009 - 2010
Games played during the season
Average attendance during
the 25 games
people in total attended
Bizkaia Arena that season
Training facility BILBAO ARENA
Housing a sports centre, the main characteristic of this 30.800 m municipal building is functionality, which includes a swimming pool and gymnasiums for the residents of Miribilla district.
OFFICIAL VENUE OF THE ACB LEAGUE
Bilbao Arena is the official venue where the games of the ACB League and European competitions of the local basketball team are played.
The court has the added attraction of being able to be divided into three smaller courts for multi-purpose sports events, such as smaller basketball and football matches.
The total of 25.985 m of surface contains changing rooms for professional athletes and large-scale events, along with the standard infirmary and drug testing area, storage space, and other service facilities.
SEATING CAPACITY OF 9.800 SPECTATORS
With a seating capacity of 9.800 spectators for a Basketball configuration.
The facilities are also available for all types of events when not in use by our local basketball team.
EQUIPPED WITH A SPORTS CENTRE
The Sports Centre, with its total surface area of 4.823 m, is equipped with a six lane, 26 m. long swimming-pool, along with a smaller one for young children.
There are also different changing rooms for individuals, for groups, disabled people, technicians, and so on.
Other facilities include a 520 m multi-functional gymnasium, which can be divided into three spaces to be used for administration, monitoring, or similar purposes.
Lines: 30, 71, 11, 22, 50, 56, 68, 75, 77, 85, G4 and G7
Casco Viejo station, line 1. Unamuno Exit
Euskotren: Atxuri stop Renfe Cercanas C3: Miribilla Stop.
Second training facility LA CASILLA PAVILION
FIRST MUNICIPAL SPORTS FACILITY
La Casilla Pavilion was the first sports facility built by Bilbao City Council, it was inaugurated in 1967. Until the opening of the Bizkaia Arena it was the biggest covered facility in the city with a capacity of 4.500 seats.
VENUE OF DIVERSE SPORTS COMPETITIONS
La Casilla Pavilion has hosted all kind of sports competitions and it was the venue of historical teams of Biscay such as: Aguilas, Kas, Patronato, Fiber Urcelay, Juventus, Hockey Santutxu and Kaixo. It has also hosted the Junior World Basketball Championship for Women and it was one of the Pre-Olympic Basketball venues for the Olympic Games of Barcelona in 1992.
HOST OF THE ACB LEAGUE UNTIL SEASON 2008 - 2009
During the past years it has experienced a mayor transformation, being the official playground of the local Basketball team of the ACB League until season 2008-2009.
Bilbobus Lines: 18 - 48 - 58 - 85 88 Bizkaibus buses with destination to Barakaldo - Santurtzi - Sestao - S. Julin de Muskiz
Indautxu station, line 1. Dr. Areilza Exit
La Casilla - Atxuri Station
Hotel MELI BILBAO
FIVE STAR HOTEL
Located in the city centre, Meli Bilbao perfectly combines comfort, quality, superb service, business and pleasure.
It is located opposite the Euskalduna Conference Centre and Concert Hall, Doa Casilda Park, Ra Nervin and it is only 15 minutes from the International Airport of Bilbao.
Furthermore, it is a short walk from the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Fine Art and the new Maritime Museum.
211 rooms and suites, all outward facing with fabulous panoramic views of the city, the Ra or the mountains
Fine dining specializing in traditional Basque cuisine with a modern flair.
Wellness Center with fully equipped gym, semi-outdoor heated pool and saunas
Free Wi-Fi internet throughout the hotel
Easy access to any part of the city
Private parking (with charge) and direct access to reception
Spacious lounges, ideal for any type of event.
Bilbao has demonstrated its capability to organize major sporting events.
Bilbao counts on the infrastructure, venues and human resources required to organize an event such as the FIBA Basketball World Cup.
The Bizkaia Arena, the venue where the matches will take place, as well as the Bilbao Arena, the venue where the trainings will be carried out, are both first class facilities where high-level sporting events have already been celebrated.