EuroBasket 2015 - Riga, LatviaAs the capital city, and the largest city in the whole of Latvia, Riga is the focal point for many when it comes to visiting or looking at the country. As of July 2015, the city has a population of 641,007. This means that more than a third of the entire population of Latvia is found in the capital city and that it is the largest city of all of the Baltic states.

The city is located on the Gulf of Riga and is found at the Daugava mouth. The history of Riga dates back to 1201 and the importance of the city has been confirmed by the fact that the historical centre of the city has been recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The city plays host to Riga International Airport, which is the largest airport in all of the Baltic States. With a city that is rapidly developing into one of the leading tourist cities in Europe, Riga is an ideal city to host a sporting event that welcomes fans from all over the continent, and this is why Riga is the ideal choice to host Group D in the 2015 EuroBasket event.

The Arena Riga has played host to many major artists

Arena RigaThe Arena Riga is an indoor arena which predominantly hosts basketball and ice hockey games while being a major concert arena on Latvia. Work began on the stadium in 2004 and it was opened in February of 2006. The construction cost of the venue was €28.5 million and the venue has a capacity of just over 11,000 for basketball games. This capacity rises to a total of 14,500 for concerts and one of the key reasons why the arena was built was to be a host venue for the 2006 IIHF World Championship.

The infrastructure around the venue makes it an easy place to get to and from, which means that the fans descending upon the Arena Riga for this summer’s leading basketball event should have an enjoyable and pleasant time, depending on the score for their team.

Riga is the host city for Group D in the 2015 EuroBasket event

Riga will welcome 6 teams for Group D of the 2015 EuroBasket event and the first games in the group will be held on Saturday the 5th of September. The teams taking part in Group D include:

FIBA EuroBasket 2015 – Group D Power Rankings
CountryWeek 1Week 2Week 3Week 4Week 5
Estonia2021181718
Latvia111016109
Lithuania44468
Ukraine2220211112
Belgium12891313
Czech Republic1716171919

EuroBasket 2015 Riga CourtThe venue will host three games a day with games scheduled for Saturday the 5th of September, Sunday the 6th of September, Monday the 7th of September, Wednesday the 9th of September and Thursday the 10th of September. Tuesday is the scheduled day off in the group, giving players and fans a break before the two day run to the climax of the group.

Latvia can call on home support in Group D, but there will be plenty of fans cheering on Estonia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Belgium and the Czech Republic. With only four teams making it through to the knock-out round, there will be two sets of teams and fans saying goodbye to the EuroBasket 2015 event in Riga, but four sides will march on in the hope of glory.

FIBA EuroBasket 2015 – Group D Schedule
Tip-OffHome TeamAway TeamWatch
05/09/2015 13:30Czech RepublicEstoniaCzech Republic vs Estonia
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05/09/2015 16:30BelgiumLatviaBelgium vs Latvia
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05/09/2015 19:30LithuaniaUkraineLithuania vs Ukraine
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06/09/2015 13:30EstoniaBelgiumEstonia vs Belgium
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06/09/2015 16:30LatviaLithuaniaLatvia vs Lithuania
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06/09/2015 19:30UkraineCzech RepublicUkraine vs Czech Republic
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07/09/2015 13:30LithuaniaBelgiumLithuania vs Belgium
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07/09/2015 16:30Czech RepublicLatviaCzech Republic vs Latvia
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07/09/2015 19:30UkraineEstoniaUkraine vs Estonia
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09/09/2015 13:30BelgiumCzech RepublicBelgium vs Czech Republic
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09/09/2015 16:30LatviaUkraineLatvia vs Ukraine
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09/09/2015 19:30EstoniaLithuaniaEstonia vs Lithuania
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10/09/2015 13:30UkraineBelgiumUkraine vs Belgium
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10/09/2015 16:30LatviaEstoniaLatvia vs Estonia
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10/09/2015 19:30Czech RepublicLithuaniaCzech Republic vs Lithuania
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