Next challenge: fill the Palace in front of Estudiantes

The Leyma unlocks challenges as the season progresses. The task list is covered with green boxes as a symbol of the homework done. Go from less to more, done. Settle in the promotion playoff zone, that’s it. In the court factor zone in favor, ready. Trace back 25 points to beat Burgos, that’s it. Winning over those at the top —like Lleida—, that’s it. And now there is only one pending issue: that more and more people come to the Palacio de los Deportes de Riazor. The club has proposed that this weekend the team feel, at least, the warmth of its fans —if it cannot be the warmth of the heaters promised by the City Council— in the game this Sunday, starting at 5:30 p.m. hours, against Estudiantes, one of the great candidates for promotion. It will already be matchday 20 of the LEB Oro and the competition enters its final phase to which the team from A Coruña arrives at its best with seven victories in its last eight games.

The prices of the tickets, for those who are not subscribers, will be maintained with respect to the rest of the season. Only 1 euro for children up to 12 years old, 3 or 7 euros for young people (from 13 to 25) and 10 or 15 euros, depending on the area, for the rest. Rates that correspond to the Coruña Basketball policy of trying to fill the stands. In the last game with the oranges at home, against Juaristi, the presence of the bottom team did not encourage the public too much, but above all it was the cold that left many of the potential spectators at home. The complete opposite of the icy atmosphere of that match was experienced in the previous one at the Palacio de los Deportes de Riazor, when Leyma came back from 25 points down against Burgos to end up winning by 14 against a team that had been in the ACB for a year and even winning continental titles. A duel in which the fans were a differential factor because they encouraged more when the team was worse off, believed in victory and found a final reward for all their efforts.

This year the attendance at the Palacio has not been as good as the team would like, and they even held open training sessions over the Christmas holidays to try to attract more fans. The best tickets to the A Coruña venue date back to last year in the playoffs, in which the presence of Marc Gasol in Girona was a huge pull for basketball fans.

Record attendance at a Gold match

Last week, Estudiantes established a new attendance record for a LEB Oro match with 12,779 in the match between them and Lleida at the WiZink Center and in which they celebrated their 75th anniversary. The entry thus exceeded the 10,744 gathered by the then CAI Zaragoza on its way through the silver category in its two stages. Several full at different times between 2002 and 2010 and with which the handy team led this ranking for almost two decades. A few hours earlier, the focus of attention had been in Valladolid, on an afternoon of a Castilian-Leon derby. An appointment that faced the pucelanos with the leader Zunder Palencia and in which the Pisuerga Sports Center was filled to the last location with a total of 6,800 spectators. A figure to remember in a city that thus achieved the first full house in its history in the LEB Gold League. Another good entry was the one presented by the stands of Bintaufa, in Mahón (Menorca) for the LEB Silver Cup dispute —which the Tizona Burgos won the local team— with 4,200 spectators. It was the highest in this competition since 2018, when Covirán Granada —now an ACB team— was able to gather 6,354 people.



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