#EuroVolleyW breaks new ground with matches at National Gymnastics Arena
2017 CEV Volleyball European Championship - Women
Baku, Azerbaijan, November 27, 2016. The 2017 women’s EuroVolley is breaking new ground in many ways. It is the first Volleyball competition of this calibre to take place in Azerbaijan and Georgia, thus strengthening the cooperation between these countries at all levels. On top of this, the 2017 women’s EuroVolley will benefit from the unique stage provided by one of Europe’s most iconic sport venues, the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku.
This truly outstanding arena was designed and built ahead of the European Games that Baku successfully hosted in June 2015. It is home to the Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation chaired by the country’s First Lady, Mehriban Aliyeva, as well as to Azerbaijan’s National Gymnastics Academy.
The National Gymnastics Arena is a state-of-the-art venue with a capacity of up to 9,000 seats which has already hosted a number of major international events, mostly in artistic and rhythmic gymnastics. The arena boasts first-class facilities, including as many as 12 sky lounges, an impressive media centre, as well as a hotel situated just nearby which hosts athletes from all over the world travelling to Baku to compete or simply to join training camps organised under the very best conditions an athlete could ask for.
The 2017 women’s EuroVolley will be the first Volleyball competition to take place in such iconic place as a result of the support provided by the Azerbaijani government and by the country’s President, Ilham Aliyev, who is known for being extremely fond of Volleyball and for attaching great importance to the organisation of high-profile sporting events in Baku.
The National Gymnastics Arena will be hosting the matches of preliminary Pools A and C as well as all Playoff, quarter-final, semi-final and medal matches, thus providing the perfect stage to crown the new European champions on October 1, 2017.
The visit to the venue has received enthusiastic reviews from the CEV officials that travelled to Baku earlier this week. “We look forward to a historic European Championship,” CEV President Aleksandar Boričić said, “which will have a lasting legacy on the development of Volleyball in this region. I would like to thank the governments of Azerbaijan and Georgia for all their support and for providing Volleyball and our star players with ideal conditions for the organisation of a memorable tournament.”