Stelmet BC Zielona Góra initiated the season in the Euroleague with a minor defeat at home against BC Zalgiris. Next Friday, the basketball champion of Poland will face FC Barcelona Lassa. If you're planning to go to this match, check out a few of the most important details.
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Last week, the Euroleague began. It is the second best basketball league in the world, after the NBA. In their first match in front of their own crowd, the Polish champion Stelmet BC Zielona Góra was very close to surprising. However, they lost by 4 points against Lithuanian BC Zalgiris. In their next match (on Friday, October 23rd), the team from Zielona Góra will play away against one of the most famous teams in Europe – FC Barcelona Lassa. Are you planning on going and watching this game? We have prepared a fan guide for you. It includes some very useful information, along with prices (current currency rates are provided by Cinkciarz.pl).
History of the basketball giants
FC Barcelona created its basketball section in 1926. It is one of the most well-known and most titled teams in the history of basketball. They won the Spanish Championship 18 times (recently in 2014), they won the Euroleague twice, and they were also victorious twice in the Cup Winners' Cup, and once in the European Supercup, and Clubs' World Championship. The club showed its true domination in 2003, when they won the triple crown (a victory in the league, the cup, and the Euroleague). The team plays its matches at the Palau Blaugrana. The sports hall of FC Barcelona, which is shared with the sections of handball, roller hockey, and futsal. This building was one of the arenas used during the Olympic Games in 1992. It can hold more than 7.5 thousand fans.
Stelmet BC Zielona Góra received from FC Barcelona 150 tickets for the match held between these two teams. The cost of one ticket was 60 PLN, and they sold out within a few days. he interest in tickets was very high. Fans continued to demand them, but the amount that we received had already sold out. If somebody is still thinking about going to this promising game, they should look for tickets from the organisers – says Szymon Ludowski, Stelmet BC Zielona Góra Media Manager.
The tickets for the most interesting games sell very quickly. Their prices depend on the prestige of the meeting. In the case of the match against Stelmet BC Zielona Góra, the cheapest tickets can be bought for 8 euros (approximately 34 PLN), and the most expensive for 77 euros (approximately 327 PLN). The most popular seats with a good view of the court cost between 18 (approximately 76 PLN) and 25 euros (approximately 106 PLN). They are available directly on the grounds before the match, or via the official website - http://www.fcbarcelona.cat/basquet.
Getting to and sleeping in Barcelona
There is a 2 thousand km distance between Zielona Góra and Barcelona. Anybody who is planning to get there by car needs to add the French motorway tolls to the price of fuel. Some fans are planning to go to the game by bus. A return journey costs approximately 800 PLN, but it will take… almost 29 hours to reach the destination. The most comfortable solution is to fly. A return ticket from Berlin (220 km from Zielona Góra) costs approximately 900 PLN, and from Warsaw (450 km from Zielona Góra) approximately 800 PLN. In both cases, the flight takes 3 hours.
If you're planning to sleep in Barcelona, the cheapest way is to stay in a hostel. There are many hostels placed near the Palau Blaugrana. Prices for a bed in a dorm room start from 20 euros (approximately 85 PLN). A room in a three-star hotel costs between 66 euros (approximately 280 PLN) and 100 euros (approximately 425 PLN). During your stay in the city it's good to use the public transport which is organised very well.
When going to Barcelona you will need euros. The cheapest solution is to exchange the currency in Poland. You can find favourable offers among the online currency exchange services. Thanks to their competitive currency rates they have gained a lot of supporters. Currently the rate of the euro is stable, it is in a range of 4.20-4.25 PLN. However, there is a hazard of a wear off of the zloty due to the forthcoming parliament elections. If the investors consider that none of the main parties are able to create a stable government, the zloty may clearly wear off, and the euro may even cost more than 4.30 PLN – comments Marcin Lipka, Cinkciarz.pl currency analyst.
A match between FC Barcelona Lassa and Stelmet BC Zielona Góra will be held next Friday (23.10) at 21:00. The team from Catalonia seems to be the definitive favourite for this game. However, there are fans who believe that the team from Zielona Góra will succeed. After all, during the Stelmet games the team's fans often sing - “Today Zastal can't be defeated even by the famous Barcelona”.
Currently the rate of the euro is stable, it is in a range of 4.20-4.25 PLN. However, there is a hazard of a wear off of the zloty due to the forthcoming parliament elections. If the investors consider that none of the main parties are able to create a stable government, the zloty may clearly wear off, and the euro may even cost more than 4.30 PLN.