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SBD Global/July 29, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies

Basketball Bundesliga Reduces Ticket Allocation For Away Fans To 300 Per Game

The Basketball Bundesliga (BBL) "has reduced the ticket allocation for away fans to 300 tickets per game during the '13-14 season and angered its fans with the decision," according to the SID. So far, home teams "had to put aside 10% of their arena capacity for away fans." The league said that the change "provides teams with a higher planning security." Fans "disapproved of the change." In an open letter, several BBL team fan clubs wrote, "It's especially those games in which more than 300 away fans travel with their respective teams that have a special atmosphere and a special appeal to home and away fans." The BBL said that "the new regulation affects only a few games because it rarely happens that more than 300 fans travel with their respective clubs to away games" (SID, 7/26).
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