Both events will be hosted by the Dutch Basketball Federation (NBB) and organised by TIG Sports and House of Sports, on Museumplein, one of the most iconic squares in the centre of Amsterdam.
Amsterdam alderman for Sports, Eric van der Burg, can add two more events with a large international appeal to the list of sport events in the city. “I really get excited about these events. Amsterdam is the home of basketball in the Netherlands. It is the ambition of the capital to become the number one city in Europe where people exercise by 2020. 3x3 basketball is an urban sport which contributes enormously to this goal. We will offer 3x3 basketball with a fantastic setting at the Museumplein and we hope to give basketball a great boost in Amsterdam.
The European championships 3x3 basketball will take place from 7-9 July. Twelve men’s teams and 12 women's teams will compete in Amsterdam. Simultaneously with the European Championships the second edition of the Urban Sports Week Amsterdam will be held at the Museumplein from 5-9 July.
The Netherlands already held several FIBA 3x3 Europe Qualifiers in past years and currently rank 4th overall in the FIBA 3x3 Federation Ranking (1st in U18 men and U18 women).
The U18 women's national team won silver at the 3x3 event of the 2014 Youth Olympic Games while the men's national team won bronze at the 2016 FIBA 3x3 European Championships, marking the first time a Dutch senior national team won a medal in an international basketball event.