Ryukyu Golden Kings attracts 100,000 visitors a year for the first time in a professional basketball league in Japan

Ryukyu Golden Kings attracts 100,000 visitors a year for the first time in a professional basketball league in Japan

Okinawan fans give a big cheer for players of the Ryukyu Golden Kings at Okinawa City Gym on May 11.


May 12, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Okinawa’s national league basketball team Ryukyu Golden Kings attracted 101,054 visitors in the year ending May 11 – a national record. According to a spokesperson of the team, which is a star team in Japan’s professional basketball league or “bj league”, this is the first time that a professional basketball team has attracted over 100,000 visitors in one season in Japan. The team staff and players expressed their gratitude to fans for playing a part in their victories.

The Kings played 32 matches in Okinawa this season including preseason and play-offs.

The average number of the visitors was 3,157, topping the league.

The team ace player Anthony McHenry said Okinawan fans were irreplaceable, and that it was a provielge to be able to play on the team.

(English translation by T&CT)

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