The official start of the EuroMillions Basketball League is less than two months away. Following the easing of the travel restrictions, the players are starting to come in and to complete the squads to full capacity with the home stretch in sight.
The focus of the preseason and the restart will be entirely on the safety of all participants present in the venues.
For this purpose the Pro Basketball League has partnered up with external protection and prevention service provider Mensura, who is currently finalizing the general protocol for the start of the competition. In addition, based on individual audits of all club venues, Mensura will create a tailormade protocol for each venue.
At the last meeting of the National Security Council it was decided that indoor activities may take place with a maximum of 200 attendees, but the Security Council left an opening for permanent structures such as sports and event venues. On the basis of an individual file via the CIRM instrument (Covid Infrastructure Risk Model, www.covideventriskmodel.be), in consultation with the local authorities, an exception to this absolute number can be obtained if certain requirements are met.
Wim Van de Keere, General Manager Pro Basketball League: "A lot of work has been done within the event sector in recent weeks to create a framework that will allow events and matches to take place with a larger audience. Based on this framework and the protocols adapted to the venues, we are convinced that our clubs will be able to organize the matches in a safe way with a maximum number of fans, in consultation with their local government. With Mensura, we have a partner who will be able to guide the restart in a credible way towards the government".
Natascha Vandewalle, Head of Internal Prevention Department Mensura EPDB: "Mensura’s mission is to answer practical and specific questions from our customers about measures in the areas of safety, hygiene toxicology, ergonomics and the environment. Our expertise enables us to advise organizations such as the Pro Basketball League in the different phases of the restart".
Concretely, the clubs of the Pro Basketball League aim to grant a minimum number of season ticket holders and commercial partners access to the venue. At the beginning of the competition, no tickets will be sold at the ticket counter on match days. If there are tickets available based on the allowed capacity, they must be purchased online. For the operation of the cafeteria and the restaurant, the applicable catering protocols will apply.
EMBL TV free to season ticket holders
Club season ticket holders receive a gift from the EuroMillions Basketball League clubs for the restart. The purchase of a season ticket for the 20-21 season will give them free access to all live matches on the streaming platform embl.tv (www.embl.tv).
As from December 1st, the platform will be subscription-based for non-season ticket holders.
Arthur Goethals, President of the Pro Basketball League: "By including access to all live games on embl.tv in the season ticket, those fans will be able to attend all of their club's matches physically or digitally throughout the season. To further improve the user experience, we are investing in the stability of the connections in each venue and will provide commentary on each match on the platform".
Currently the finishing touches are being made on the calendar. It will be published as soon as possible on the site www.euromillionsbasketball.be.