The FIBA U19 World Cup for Women which will be held this summer in Madrid (July 15-23) takes on a new dimension with a revolutionary element never seen in a first-level official FIBA competition: an innovative glass floor as a playing surface. The best young players on the planet will be the privileged ones in charge of debuting this avant-garde surface in one of FIBA’s most important events.
This revolutionary surface, rigorously tested and evaluated by the meticulous department FIBA’s Equipment and Venue Center Approval program, reinforces one of FIBA’s strategic priorities, innovation to make the FIBA family grow. The ASB GlassFloor system it has already been successfully used in the 3×3 ProLeague in the Netherlands and in Bundesliga pre-season games German as well as in other sports competitions. The LumiFlex court produced by ASB GlassFloor turns the floor into a huge giant video screen multiplying and improving the possible experience of the spectator and the players on the pitch: You can project all kinds of statistics, metrics, player performance…
“We are very proud to be able to debut this glass playing surface in a world-class competition in July. This It has been possible thanks to the recent change in regulations and demonstrates FIBA’s desire to innovate and use new technology”, explains Andreas Zagklis, FIBA Secretary General. “Moving forward is one of our strategic priorities, it underscores FIBA’s determination to advance our sport and make basketball even more attractive to our fans, while improving the player experience,” he stresses.
For his part, Jorge Garbajosa, president of the Spanish Basketball Federation, expressed his joy for being able to debut this revolutionary surface in a FIBA event in the Women’s U19 World Cup that will be held in Madrid from July 15 to 23. “We are happy to inaugurate this new ground and in the year of the centenary of the FEB. As a former player, I am convinced that opening this new surface will be an incentive for the players and as the host country it will increase our possibilities from a marketing and branding point of view for publicity purposes and it will improve the experience of the fans without a doubt”.
This glass surface will be used for the first time in the final phase of the FIBA U19 Women’s World Cup that will be held at the Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid and has been possible thanks to the change in regulations announced last year by the Central Board allowing the use of an LED glass surface in FIBA level 1 competitions.