Now that the FIBA World Cup groups have been set, find out where all 32 nations will be competing in the international tournament.
The 2023 FIBA World Cup is quickly approaching, with the first games officially tipping off on August 25. Are you ready, basketball fans?
But before you can buy your tickets and settle your travel plans, first, you need to make sure you know where you’re going, as this year’s World Cup will be hosted by three different countries across four different stadiums.
So, with the groups all officially set, who will be playing where? Here are the FIBA World Cup venues.
Philippines: Araneta Coliseum
Among the three host countries for the 2023 FIBA World Cup, the Philippines is the only one that will be hosting games in multiple venues.
Araneta Coliseum is no stranger to the Basketball World Cup, as games have been held here when the Philippines last hosted the tournament. This year, Groups A and B will be playing in this historic indoor arena, which include the hosts, the Philippines, in Group A, along with these other countries:
- Dominican Republic
- South Sudan
- Puerto Rico
Philippines: MOA Arena
The Mall of Asia Arena has become a staple sports venue in the Philippines, especially among local basketball tournaments and leagues.
This year, the indoor arena will be hosting its first FIBA World Cup games, as Groups C and D will be playing here. These teams include the Philippines’ choice to host the USA, along with these nations:
- New Zealand
Japan: Okinawa Arena
Moving over to our neighboring country, Japan will be hosting eight countries in Okinawa, the smallest of its five main islands.
The eight countries, which include the home team Japan, will be competing in one of the most up-to-date arenas in Japan, the Okinawa Arena. Groups E and F will be playing here, which include Japan’s pick to host Slovenia, as well as:
- Cape Verde
Indonesia: Indonesia Arena
Finally, the last two groups will be playing in Jakarta, Indonesia — the largest city in Southeast Asia — in the brand-new Indonesia Arena.
While still under construction, the Indonesia Arena is set to open in June 2023, ready to host Groups G and H in the FIBA World Cup, which includes the country’s pick to host Canada, as well as the following nations:
- Ivory Coast
What about the finals?
The Philippines holds the honor of staging the final stage of the 2023 FIBA World Cup.
Originally, the final matches, including the quarterfinals, semifinals, third-place match, and championship game, were all set to take place in the Philippine Arena in Bulacan. However, in a recent update, it was announced that the final stage will instead see its action in the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
The final stage of the international tournament will run from September 5 to 10.
Which teams do you think will advance for a chance to come back to MOA Arena?
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