First-ever men’s and women’s professional basketball doubleheader…

For the first time ever, a unique double header of men’s and women’s professional basketball games will be held in the same venue on the same day.

Women’s professional basketball team Busan BNK will host Bucheon Hana OneQ and Woori Bank Woori WON 2023-2024 Women’s Professional Basketball League regular season home games at 2 p.m. on Feb. 25 at Sajik Gymnasium in Busan.

About an hour after the game, at 5 p.m., Busan KCC will face Daegu Korea Gas Corporation at the same venue.

This is the first doubleheader to be scheduled between the men’s and women’s professional basketball programs.

Originally, a double header was used in baseball to refer to back-to-back games in the same bracket on the same day, but the term has since been expanded to include the National Basketball Association (NBA), where two teams sharing the same venue take on each other in turn.

While BNK has been using Sajik Gymnasium as its home since the 2021-2022 season, KCC moved from Jeonju to Busan ahead of this season, bringing the two teams together under one roof.

Both teams were scheduled to play home games at Sajik Gymnasium on the 25th, which the KBL and WKBL combined into a back-to-back with only minor adjustments to game times.

In the case of the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, California, which hosted an NBA doubleheader in March, the design and installation of the courts had to be changed for each team’s game, a complex task that required more than 120 workers.

At Sajik Gymnasium, however, the court was designed with both teams’ logos for shared use, allowing for double headers to be held without such work.

Still, as this is the first event of its kind in Korean basketball history, KCC and BNK had to go through their own coordination and negotiation process.

“Until last week, there were a lot of issues to discuss. Now it’s almost all resolved,” said a KCC representative, “and we’ve decided to sell the tickets ourselves.”

Tickets for the doubleheader will be available through the KBL’s unified website (www.kbl.or.kr), which is also used to book men’s professional basketball games.

Ticket prices are the same as for regular KCC games. Fans can enjoy two games with one ticket.

“It may be a little inconvenient for (women’s basketball) fans to purchase tickets through the KBL website, but I understand that BNK made its own concessions as it is a historic game,” said a WKBL official. “KCC also made concessions in other areas, so there was a lot of communication between the two clubs,” he added.

“It’s been more than 20 years since we launched, and it’s the first time we’ve organized a schedule like this, so we’re both worried and excited,” he said, adding, “We’re taking care of the broadcasting, headquarters, and referee room operations as closely as possible.”

In the early days of both the men’s and women’s professional basketball leagues, when regional affiliations were not as prevalent as they are today, doubleheaders were sometimes scheduled at neutral sites.

In 1997, the first year of men’s professional basketball, Seoul Olympic Park Gymnasium 1 (now the KSPO Dome) was the neutral site for double headers, while women’s professional basketball played multiple games on the same day at venues like Jangchung Gymnasium in Seoul until 2006.

Having moved to Busan and boasting a formidable lineup of Choi Jun-yong, Song Gyo-chang, Heo Woong, and Lee Seung-hyun, KCC was a pre-season favorite to win the title, but the team hasn’t performed as well as expected in the early stages of the season. They sit in eighth place with three wins and six losses.

BNK, who made it all the way to the championship game last season, is currently in fourth place with two wins and three losses. 먹튀검증

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