FIBA Europe have issued a statement regarding certain confusion over ticket sales and changes to the schedules.
From FIBA Europe:
“FIBA Europe and the Local Organising Committee of EuroBasket 2013 understand that a number of fans have bought their ticket for the wrong game in the Second Round, apparently being misled by incorrect times in the Game Schedule on the official website.
FIBA Europe and the Local Organising Committee would like to point out the following:
-The times of games are subject to late changes because of TV reasons and/or of the right of the host country to choose the game time for the games of their team. -Such changes took place after the end of the First Round of competition and the official website was updated immediately. -Those fans who have bought tickets for the wrong games/times have the option to have their tickets exchanged. If the exchange of tickets is not possible, then the tickets will be refunded.
Requests can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
FIBA Europe and the Local Organising Committee would like to apologise to fans for the inconvenience caused.”
While it hasn’t been mentioned which games have actually been affected, some local Slovenian fans have been left annoyed at the change of tip-off time between Slovenia and Italy tomorrow.
The game between the hosts and the winners of Group D was scheduled for 17:45 (local Ljubljana time), but was changed to 21:00. It is unknown whether the game has been a sell-out.
The first day of second round games at the 14,000-seat Arena Stozice in Ljubljana have produced sparse crowds. The first game between Latvia and Ukraine was officially listed at 2,140 – many members of the media present in the Stozice Arena though were finding that very hard to believe.
FIBA Europe, along with FIBA have changed tip-off times in the past to accommodate TV/radio broadcasters.