Belgian women’s basketball team hopes to set attendance record

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The Belgian women’s national basketball team is urging fans to snap up tickets for the FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament in February, in a bid to break the attendance record for a women’s sporting event in Belgium.

Also known as the Belgian Cats, the team is the reigning FIBA Women’s EuroBasket champion and is looking to secure a spot at next year’s Olympic Games in Paris. 

The qualifying tournament is set to take place between February 8-11 at the 18,500-capacity Antwerp Sportpaleis. Belgium will face the US, Senegal and Nigeria across the three days. 

Courtside tickets and the ‘All Games Pass’ are now available to purchase after going on sale on Wednesday. Supporters looking to purchase day tickets will have to wait until December 5, when tickets in other categories will be made available to the general public. 

Belgium point guard Julie Vanloo said: “On the Sunday, we will know if we get to go to the Olympics for the second time in a row. We want to share this moment with as many fans as possible. In fact we’re secretly hoping to break the crowd record for a women’s game in Belgium, in the matchup against Nigeria on February 11.

“In women’s soccer that record is held by Standard Liege with 9,027 spectators. We want to break that record – along with gaining the Olympic ticket of course.”

The Paris 2024 Olympic Games will take place between July 26 – August 11.