TOP officials of the International Basketball Federation are expecting a daily turnout of more than 50,000 fans when the 2023 FIBA World is held in the Philippines, Indonesia and Japan.
“We look forward to witnessing a FIBA Basketball World Cup Final played in a venue packed with more than 50,000 basketball crazy fans in the Philippines, a country where basketball is a religion,” FIBA President Horacio Muratore said in a statement released on FIBA’S official website.
The municipality of Bocaue, Bulacan is getting ready to welcome fans and delegates who will come to watch the games when it is held there in six year’s time.
On the other hand, Filipino officials expect more fans to come.
With the availability of the the world’s largest indoor arena, a record crowd of over 57,000 fans could show up to watch.
The Asian bloc composed of the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia won a bid that beat out the Argentina-Uruguay consortium last Saturday.
The decision was made by FIBA’s Central Board after the bidders gave their final presentations to support their candidatures to host the 19th edition of basketball’s biggest competition.
The competition will see the group stage held in the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia, with the final phase to follow in the Philippine capital city of Manila.
After losing their bid to the Asian bloc, the Argentina/Uruguay bloc is now bidding for the 2027 FIBA World Cup.
According to Muratore, FIBA will communicate to Argentina/Uruguay on the requirements for the hosting of its leading event at the beginning of 2018.
The Central Board will vote to decide the host (s) of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2027 at its next meeting in June 2018.