Partizan's president Ostoja Mijailovic thinks it would be a good idea to play EuroLeague quarterfinal series games in the Partizan stadium which fits 29,775 people in football games. The operative said that it wouldn't be possible but believed Partizan fans would fill the venue.

Credit: ABA League j.t.d./Dragana Stjepanovic
Credit ABA League j.t.d./Dragana Stjepanovic

With just several wins away from potentially guaranteeing a spot in the EuroLeague playoffs, Partizan Mozzart Bet Belgrade are looking to come back to the grand stage of European basketball with a bang.

After knocking down Anadolu Efes Istanbul on Thursday, the team's chances of advancing to the next round have significantly improved. With that in mind, the club's president Ostoja Mijailovic revealed that had a gigantic plan.

"I spoke with a man from the EuroLeague the other day and I jokingly asked him if their rules allow a game to be played outdoors if we get to the Top 8. It occurred to me to place the pre-made basketball floor at the stadium in Humska 1 and play the quarterfinals there," he told in an hour-long interview with Partizan TV. "I'm sure we would fill the stadium, it would be a spectacle. Of course, that won't happen, but when you look at the demand, the fans' interest in the matches[, it would be possible]."

Humska 1 is the address of the Partizan football stadium, capable of fitting 29,775 people in football matches.

Partizan currently lead the EuroLeague in attendance. On average, 17,012 fans attend the game in the Stark Arena.

The biggest number of fans came in during the home game against Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul on February 23rd when 19,661 spectators watched the clash.

The lowest amount of fans that came in this EuroLeague season was during the game vs Anadolu Efes Istanbul on December 16th when 13,779 fans visited the venue, which is still more fans than 10 other EuroLeague arenas can possibly fit.

"Income from tickets in Pionir (Aleksandar Nikolic Hall) in 2017 was 35,000 euros, tickets were also distributed free of charge. Even though we have maybe a third of home games left in the EuroLeague, we have taken a hundred times more [money for the tickets] than in 2017," Mijailovic said.

"In 2018, we formed a five-year debt repayment program, and this year is the last part. We had 1,200,000 euros of old debts to former players, coaches, and employees. We've paid out a million, and only a small amount is left," the operative revealed. "Last year, we paid all the salaries to the players and employees. I hope we will do it this time as well."

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